Platform News – Platform welcomes new Turkish partner organisation

10 September 2015 – The NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a coalition of environmental, human rights and labour rights organisations, welcomes its new partner organisation from Turkey, Istanbul Health and Safety Labor Watch (IHSLW) – İstanbul İşçi Sağlığı ve İş Güvenliği (ISIG) Meclisi. The Platform first met with IHSLW this June in Izmir, Turkey, when the coalition visited the ship recycling yards located in Aliaga.

“As a main destination for end-of-life vessels, Turkey has a particular responsibility to make sure that the ships are dismantled in a clean and safe way and in full respect of workers’ rights,” said Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform. “Together with our partners at the Istanbul Health and Safety Labor Watch, we will raise more awareness on labour conditions in the Turkish ship recycling yards, and to make sure the workers and the environment are fully protected.”

In 2014, 15.3% of the ships broken world wide were sent to Turkey for dismantling, a large portion of which (36%) were sold by European-based ship owners. With the EU Commission considering applications from ship recycling yards worldwide to be listed as acceptable destinations for EU-flagged vessels, Turkish yards are under pressure to demonstrate they are in line with EU standards and that the working conditions reach adequate safety standards.

“We are particularly concerned about the health and safety rights of shipbreaking workers in Aliaga”, said Aslı Odman from IHSLW. “Eleven fatal accidents in the last 5 years are a sad proof of inadequate safety standards, which have to be improved urgently, not to mention occupational diseases, concealed at the shipbreaking yards concentrated in a heavy industry area in Aliaga”.

Istanbul Health and Safety Labor Watch (IHSLW) thus joins the network of partner organisations [1] that support the Platform’s work together with the ECCJ, EEB, EJOLT, Human Rights at Sea, Ikki-Ikki Asia Japan, Mediterranean SOS Network and Surfrider Foundation.

(Pictured: the ship recycling yards in Aliaga, Turkey – NGO Shipbreaking Platform 2015)

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[1] All member and partner organisations of the Platform are listed here

CONTACT
Patrizia Heidegger
Executive Director
NGO Shipbreaking Platform
patrizia@shipbreakingplatform.org
+32 2 609 44 19