The wage agreements of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) will now apply to Greek-flagged, oceangoing vessels as well.

On 28 July, Greece’s parliament passed a legislative amendment that allows shipowners to offer the international union's labour contracts to their seafarers, up to the rank of second mate or third engineer.

Greek shipping pride

The government in Athens expects the move to help arrest the long decline of Greece’s flag and encourage its shipping community — the world’s biggest — to offer more jobs to locals.