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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« on: Sep 20, 2013, 01:41 PM »
This enters into force today, 20 September 2013, with the signature of 30 countries agreeing to apply it.

http://www.ilo.org/global/standards/maritime-labour-convention/lang--en/index.htm
http://www.ilo.org/global/standards/maritime-labour-convention/WCMS_219665/lang--en/index.htm

I note that, for many of the EU Member States, entry into force will be in 2014. It is already in force for several other countries, including the Philippines, but it looks from the table as though perhaps it applies there only to selected topics :

http://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=NORMLEXPUB:80001:0::NO:::

Does anyone here know more about what this will mean for seafarers, e.g. on Cunard ships, and what it will change in practice?

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Re: The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20, 2013, 02:44 PM »
I notice Vanuatu is not on the list of places to have ratified this convention.
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Re: The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« Reply #2 on: Oct 04, 2013, 11:03 AM »
Very little will change, it is basically a 'bill of rights' for seafarers, but the 'rights' that it is trying to enforce as extremely basic - things like:
1. Crew members must get paid every month.
2. Have access to Medical Care.
3. Have half decent food and accommodation.
4. Have a right to complain without recrimination etc.

On-board most decent ships these standards have been applied for years, but it is a move in the right direction.
It does not really matter than Vanuatu has not ratified it - if a ship flying that flag enters a port of a country that has, she would be expected to comply.

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Re: The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« Reply #3 on: Nov 19, 2013, 05:22 PM »
On-board most decent ships these standards have been applied for years, but it is a move in the right direction.
It does not really matter than Vanuatu has not ratified it - if a ship flying that flag enters a port of a country that has, she would be expected to comply.

Thank you very much, holynougat, for your comments, which provide the real-life context for the new convention.

How about these EU proposals (which of course will be discussed and watered down over the coming months...) :

http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=1941&furtherNews=yes

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Re: The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« Reply #4 on: Mar 28, 2014, 11:34 PM »
Hi Isabelle

We have been under the jurisdiction of ILO for some time, which has been mainly about ensuring adequate rest periods, but the new legislation you are referring to is known as 'MLC 2006' on board.

One of the major changes under the agreement mean that there is an absolute maximum of 10 months per contract, which is good news for some of the crew who had previously been expected to do 12+ months.  The signing on process has also changed - instead of 'signing on to ship's articles' when you join a ship, you now have an individual paper contract for that tour of duty.  As far as I'm aware, crew members cannot be extended or brought off their leave early without their agreement - that was something that you sometimes had no choice about prior to MLC 2006 being ratified.

As 'holynougat' has already listed, there are other changes that will directly improve the welfare of crew on board, and the part of Carnival Plc that I currently work for has implemented additional crew health programmes, free fitness classes, improved healthy menus in the messes and a psychologist-led helpline to name a few aspects that relate to my line of work.  All in all it seems like a really positive move to protect the welfare of the crew.
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Re: The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention
« Reply #5 on: Mar 31, 2014, 06:01 PM »
Thank you very much for this update.
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