Many young workers in Bangladesh are not unionized, particularly if they’re employed on a casual or temporary basis. This means they can’t exercise their union rights. Young workers’ roles can lack job security; they are more likely to be employed on a temporary basis, especially if work is outsourced.

Transport unions need young workers to be their driving force now and for the future; young workers need unions to back the fight for secure and decent work. Being an affiliated union of International Transport Workers’ federation Bangladesh Merchant Marine Officers’ Association has worked over the years to form separately Youth and Women Committee to create space for the Future Leadership. In view of that a Meeting was called on 9th January, 2023 at its temporary Dhaka office (6/A/1, Ali, Eskaton Garden Road). A group of interested young Male and Female Marine officers has agreed and shown their interest to carry on the present movement of the BMMOA for the better life of the Bangladeshi seafarers. It was anonymously decided a youth and women wing of BMMOA need to be formed.

Purpose and Objective:

The Brussels declaration was launched during the ITF youth conference in October 2008

The young workers of the ITF affiliates all over the world hereby pledge the following:

We will act in global solidarity to fight for the eradication of oppression, exploitation, poverty, environment destruction and social injustice.

We will work to eliminate discrimination and communication barriers that divide workers, while promoting internationalism.

We will stand with all workers in struggle, and actively campaign for the protection and advancement of international labour standards and human rights.

Formation and Reporting:

BMMOA will initiate nationwide activities to attract youth and women seafarers to the union. A working group will be formed to address the issues that they are facing and initially all interested youth, women those who are interested among them will be called off.

After Minimum three month grooming period there will be a complete committee and that committee will be guided/Co-ordinated by an Executive member from BMMOA.  Committee will be under complete jurisdiction of the BMMOA President and General Secretary and will be recognized as BMMOA subcommittee. Initial contact point will be the Co-ordinator of the committee; will be update all the activities to President and General Secretary. Upon guided by them, the Co-ordinator will arrange movement /program as required.

Financial Support:

Activities of this committee will be funded by BMMOA EC


BMMOA EC has possessed the right to terminate the committee anytime if it feels necessary.