For your diary: On the occasion of the Lusitania sinking centenary, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and Siptu (Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union) will hold a one day conference at the National Maritime College of Ireland (www.nmci.ie), County Cork, on Wednesday 6 May.
The ground-breaking Maritime Labour Convention is commonly described as the seafarers’ bill of rights. It comes into operation in Ireland this year. The conference will investigate the experience of countries that adopted it earlier, and how the lessons they learnt can be used to remedy some of the scandalous treatment of ships’ crews visiting Irish ports and workers on vessels fishing in Irish waters.
Journalists are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 09:00 to 17:00, after which attendees will travel out to sea to lay a wreath in memory of those who died on the Lusitania.