ITF claims Trico case "an attack on international solidarity"News // March 1, 2002
Trico, a US based offshore industry supply company, has been thesubject of a longstanding campaign by the ITF and others over the issue of unionization.
The campaigns have involved maritime unions affiliated to the ITF and members of the International Federation of Chemical Energy and Mineworkers (ICEM), which represents oil industry workers.
Despite offers by the ITF and ICEM to hold open discussions on the issues concerned, Trico has decided to commence legal proceedings against the ITF in the Commercial Court in London, referring to activities which form part of the international campaign.
The ITF stated that it appears that Trico has been planning legal action for some time. Its court action comes despite the failure of a recent appeal against a decision in the ITF's favour by the US National Labour Relations Board.
Commenting on the proceedings, ITF General Secretary David Cockroft said: "In many ways we are quite flattered by this court action. It clearly shows that international trade union solidarity can worry multinational employers. This is an issue of fundamental importance to the entire international trade union movement and the ITF will defend this case vigorously."