The ITF-TCC agreement is the most common type of ITF agreement. Most affiliated unions use the uniform ITF TCC Agreement. There are several other types of CBT agreements, all of which have been approved by the ITF and have been taken over by different affiliated unions around the world. Although they may vary slightly (mainly due to the requirements of their national legislation), they are all based on the single CBT-CBT and meet the established minimum standards for ITF. Since 2008, the IBF agreements have contained a funding element that was originally titled the “Developed Ecconomy Rating” fund, which was later renamed the SEP (Seafarers` Employment Promotion) fund during the IBF negotiations in 2009, to cover a broader objective for the use of the fund. Occasionally, the ITF signs an agreement directly with the shipowner. If you are covered by an ITF agreement but there is no ITF member union in your home country, it represents you before the employer in matters of business. IMEC also coordinates the implementation of IBF agreements on behalf of its members through local negotiations. IBF agreements are only available to GNG member shipowners and can only be signed by ITF member unions. The signatory association normally comes from the country where the headquarters of the advantageous shipping company of the ship is located. Often, the unions of the crew`s home nation(s) also participate in negotiations.

The aim is to ensure that the agreement takes into account all national laws and practices and that crew members can become members of their national union. The IBF Framework Agreement has three main elements: social, professional and financial aspects. If a shipowner signs an ITF agreement, they commit: to find out if your ship is covered by an ITF agreement, click On View IBF Framework Agreement negotiations take place every two years. Once the framework agreement is negotiated, ITF member unions enter into local negotiations with companies in their countries. These local negotiations result in national agreements and sometimes IBF agreements at company level. While fees may vary slightly, all IBF agreements must be within the agreed framework for the IBF period. The IBF is unique. It is the first and only truly global collective agreement.

The industrial relationships established by ITF, IMEC and IMMAJ are currently unmatched. It is a legally binding agreement that sets out the wage and working conditions of seafarers on board flag ships of convenience in international trade. The IBF is a true emblem. It has helped all its parties to cooperate to reach a new agreement for seafarers, for maritime transport and for the benefit of the parties concerned. Here are some of the current features of the IBF agreement: the IBF has a dispute settlement procedure to resolve problems, for example with regard to compliance with or interpretation of agreements. . . .