In October 2002 13 seafarers from Madagascar threatened to go on strike on the ship they were working on which was under a flag of convenience. They were calling for an ITF agreement which would set minimum standards around pay and health and safety. An ITF inspector met with the seafarers and suggested they create a trade union for Malagasy seafarers. The French trade union centre and the ITF visited Madagascar and the Syndicat General Maritime de Madagascar (Sygmma) was created in May 2003 and became an ITF affiliate later in the year. Now, in 2012 Sygmma has around 2,000 members, both seafarers and dockers.
Submitted by: ITF maritime operations
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