About Us


To be a port of call for the Sri Lankan seafarer community, always providing safety, security and protection in the choppy maritime world and be a union dedicated to working towards and fighting for quality jobs with better pay and conditions for them, of course, with due recognition and respect for their rights and dignity.

As well, the NUSS envisions being a true social partner in the maritime industry’s social dialogue process, delivering social security and welfare to all workers employed in it, whilst at the same time being sincerely committed to work towards preventing marine pollution, reducing the carbon footprint of the shipping and fisheries industries and their sustainability.


  • To engage and collectively bargain with the local and foreign shipping/manning agents with regard to Sri Lankan seafarers’ pay & conditions and rights under the guidance and support of ITF.
  • To cooperate with the local shipping/manning agents in the area of seafarer social security and welfare.
  • To work with ITF and other global union federation as well as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) with a view to improving the lot of the seafarer community.
  • To support the national and international efforts at reducing the carbon footprint of the maritime industry and preventing marine pollution through trade union training & education.
  • Lending solidarity support to industrial action by dockers and fisher workers and if and when concrete circumstances so demand, going for joint industrial action with them.
  • To offer scholarships in cooperation with the maritime training academies to deserving seafarers to help with their career advancement through training & education.
  • To regularly conduct worker education programmes for membership with the support of ILO, ITF, FES, Solidarity Center, Department of Labor and other NGOs and INGOs.
  • To strive to maintain good relations and rapport with Government and the office of the Director of Merchant shipping.
  • To actively seek to have a good rapport going with the International Labor Organization, International Maritime Organization and other multi-lateral organizations etc.
  • To actively support the ITF efforts at eliminating FOCs and substandard shipping that goes with it.
  • To work with the country’s seafarer training institutes in the areas of promoting occupational safety and health including prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  • To promote gender parity.