PPE care packs for 1,000 Ukraine maritime workers
A Ukrainian project “Stop Covid19” has received a Trust emergency grant of £45,000 to provide 1,000 maritime workers with personal protective equipment. The project is run by MORTRANS, the welfare charity set up by Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU).
Care packages containing 50 regular face masks, 5 respirator masks, 1 litre of hand gel, 4 pairs of protective glasses, and an information leaflet are being sent to seafarers – including unemployed and retired seafarers – and dock workers.
The PPE items have been packed up in special boxes by the project staff, assisted by a band of volunteers and cadets, to be mailed out to members across the country.
MTWTU Chairman Michael Kirieiev told us: “Maritime workers are shouldering a huge burden during this COVID-19 pandemic. We want every member of our union to have our support and care. We are so thankful for the assistance we have received from ITF Seafarers’ Trust for this project. These PPE packs will help keep our members safe.”
“Maritime workers at the frontline of this crisis are keeping world trade afloat and having to interact with different contacts in ports at unknown risk. Providing PPE is a simple way to minimise that risk. We’re so pleased that our Covid19 emergency funds have been able to have such an immediate and practical impact for workers on the ground”, said Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust, Katie Higginbottom.