Our pillars: Training and Health and Safety
The IDC aims to improve dockworkers' conditions at all levels. We therefore have two main areas of action:
Workers' professional training is one of the pillars on which ports' stability and economic growth rests. In the IDC we believe in quality regarding port services. That is why we believe that continuous training, in which workers obtain the maximum professional skills, is essential. The future of the port industry requires a well-trained, high-quality workforce, able to meet all current industry needs.
However, the IDC does not only believe in training in strictly professional terms, but it also aims to promote training in the field of trade unionism. In this area, the IDC is able to provide trade union qualification courses which enable dockworkers to understand the development of the sector and to be aware of the need to adopt the appropriate trade union strategies. For the IDC, dockworkers should not only be efficient in their jobs, but should also be aware of the history of their trade unions. Dockworkers should be able to identify the major economic interests that have an influence on the sector, and also be aware of the political powers and means which may have an influence on their future.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
For the IDC, safety means safety on the workplace - safety on the job. Reducing the rate of accidents in ports is one of the IDC's major challenges in the next few years. This refers not only to the ports of the more economically developed countries, but also to ports all over the world. In order to achieve this, the IDC has a Health and Safety Committee in the different IDC Zones.
In reality, the Committee's work had begun a long time before this, although mainly confined to the European Zone. The decision to expand the Committee to all the IDC areas shows the extent of the organisation's commitment to reducing accidents.
The Committee has its own section on the IDC website. This section is designed to be a meeting point between dockworkers from all around the world. It includes information, documents and photographs on accident prevention. The basic objective is that those responsible for workplace safety in the various ports, and workers in general, will have updated information available on the latest studies on workplace accidents together with the measures adopted to reduce them.