Records received from the ITF in 2007 relating to the Dockers Section of the International Transport Workers' Federation, including committee files, dispute files, correspondence/ subject files, sectional survey working documents, papers relating to ITF representation in external regulatory bodies, external research and publications. The majority of the records date from the early 1970s to late 1990s.
Dockworkers have been represented in the ITF since its foundation in 1896. The section develops and coordinates international trade union policies and actively campaigns for acceptable labour and safety standards. The section has been significantly active in the dialogue surrounding major threats to dock workers' rights over the years, including structural adjustment programmes and deregulation. The section represents unions organising workers directly involved in cargo handling, unions indirectly involved in cargo activities and unions representing state, city or privately employed workers. The Dockers Section co-operates closely with the Seafarers' Section, with which it is jointly responsible for the Special Seafarers' Department, which oversees the Flag of Convenience Campaign. Records relating to the Flag of Convenience Campaign have been listed within the Seafarers' Section.