The seafarer will not be silent anymore!
Ukrainian Seafarers Union
Today, in the field of training and certification of Ukrainian seafarers there is an extensive activity of a corrupt criminal group, which has already led to the complete collapse of the maritime industry and threatens to destroy it in the nearest future. Ukrainian maritime documents may be blacklisted. Thus Ukrainian seafarers will not be able to work and will be forced to emigrate from Ukraine.
Thousands of Ukrainian citizens are hostages of the corruption hydra. According to various estimates, between 150,000 and 200,000 seamen live in Ukraine (with families it is more than 600 000 citizens). Ukrainian seafarers earn and spend in Ukraine about $ 4 billion annually.
Unfortunately, the corrupt hydra, who settled in the offices of the Ukrainian authorities, decided that the seamen should not pour their money into the economy of Ukraine, but give them to the corrupt, and therefore they built a comprehensive corruption superstructure
For a set of maritime documents, seafarers must pay agents a bribe – from $ 2,000 to $ 10,000.
Approximately one-fifth of Ukrainian seamen renew their working documents per year. And only this process generates a corruption flow in the amount of approximately $ 50 – $ 75 million annually.
THE MAIN GOAL
Our main goal is to prevent the complete destruction of the maritime industry! The problems in the field of seafarers’ diplomacy are just the tip of the iceberg of corruption.
The corrupt hydra has already virtually destroyed shipbuilding, led to low competitiveness and undercrowding of seaports, the appointment of non-professionals to whom the hydra sells positions, has led to a critical level of danger in seaports (the “Delphi” accident).
Ukrainian corrupt officials do not ratify international documents in the field of maritime law (a key International Maritime Convention that protects and establishes the rights of seafarers to decent pay, working conditions, guarantees of safe repatriation and compensation has not been ratified by Ukrainian authorities).
For years, experts in the maritime industry have been providing proposals for the prompt solution of current problems, improvement of the regulatory framework, and development of the maritime industry. But the corruption hydra responds by complete disregard, defiant bullying, and even greater corruption schemes.
WHY HAS THE PROTEST EMERGED?
Today, the corruption hydra not only deprives thousands of seamen of their constitutional right to work, forcing them to immigrate, but also undermines Ukraine’s statehood, as the systemic deterioration of the economic prosperity of Ukraine’s southern regions opens up opportunities for destructive separatist movements
Whether this is a conscious position of Ukraine’s corrupt higher-ups, or whether their desire to steal millions has clouded their minds and made them puppets in the hands of defiant geopolitical player, we do not know.
We understand one thing for sure – it is not possible to remain silent and tolerate the situation anymore! Corruption has crossed the line! It is enough! Seamen will not be silent anymore!
Seafarers are defending not only their own constitutional rights to work, but also the statehood of Ukraine!
Ukrainian Seafarers Union
The group and channel are created on a voluntary basis.
A seafarer is a difficult and responsible profession, far from home, but not a target for corruption schemes.