1) The Federation is an association between national unions (the “Unions”) representing maritime and shipping professionals in the protection, promotion and furtherance of their members’ interests and welfare needs and in mutual solidarity.
2) The purposes of the Association shall be:
a. To represent the interests (in the widest sense) of the members of the Unions.
b. To facilitate closer co-operation between the Unions in the furtherance of the mutual assistance and protection of their respective members.
c. To improve and make more effective – through cross border representation and cooperation – the voice and influence of maritime and shipping professionals and to strengthen global solidarity in organisations such as the International Transport Workers’ Federation.
d. To be open to membership of likeminded trade unions to join in accordance with the agreed membership criteria.
e. To promote the interests of members of the Unions as widely as possible.
f. To foster and preserve the democratic principles of state and society and not be active in the field of religion or party politics.
g. To enter into collective labour agreements with employers and/or with organisations of employers.
h. To take all necessary action in regard to national and international legislation, conventions, rules, recommendations and regulations for the furtherance and promotion of the interests of the shipping industry on behalf of the Unions’ members.
i. To join and participate in the work and activities of such national and international bodies or conferences that the Board may determine for the purpose of influencing such legislation, conventions, rules, recommendations and regulations as such bodies or conferences may be considering.
3) To further any action or purpose, the Association may participate, financially or otherwise, directly or indirectly, in the establishment or carrying on of any company, business or project, including the acquisition of any class of shares in any undertaking or of land or property and the creation of separate funds, whether commercial or otherwise, which is considered by the Board to further the interests of the Unions.