We’re launching a new offering: the Saturday morning listen. This week, ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton talks about delivering measurable results in improving the lives and working conditions of the world’s transportation workers — and drills down on the campaign aimed at DHL, the German logistics giant.
You’ll hear Cotton sit down with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ‘s Dockers Podcast team of Dan Kask, Mike Mayer and Mike Scopazo for an hour. During their very lively talk, Cotton describes his role and the ITF’s reinvigorated agenda under the leadership of himself and ITF President Paddy Crumlin.
Cotton was elected General Secretary of the ITF at the Sofia Congress in 2014. He’s been with the federation for 23 years years, starting off as a clerk in our collective agreements section and rose through the Special Seafarers Department. He was responsible for the growth and oversaw training of the ITF’s inspectorate, which has grown from about 50 inspectors to 150, and for relations with seafarers and dockers unions and collective bargaining. As General Secretary, Steve now takes all of that experience into his responsibilities for all of the ITF’s industrial sectional work: civil aviation, road and rail transport, docks, fisheries and tourism.
Given his lengthy resume, one might think Steve is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. But, as he reveals in conversation, he is just 46 years old. In our opinion, this could be an incredible period for the ITF under his leadership as we aim to conduct successful and ambitious campaigns in support of transport workers.