|All on board ship crew are now legally regarded as Seafarers|
under the new Maritime Labour Convention
Julian Bray (01733 345581) writes: What is regarded as a maritime employment and human rights legislative breakthrough and a major seachange in the working and welfare conditions of all who work in a maritime, seagoing environment is the legislative Maritime Labour Convention 2006 [MLC] which after seven years of international legal bickering has now finally become international law and on the statute books from Tuesday August 20th 2013. The new legislation has the potential to make a genuine difference to the lives of ALL seafarers.
The MLC for the first time creates the potential to stop blacklisting and charging for jobs by some manning agents, particularly in the Philippines, India & Eastern Europe. The legislation creates legal recognition of all crew, importantly hospitality/Hotel/Spa and entertainment crew on international cruise ships - all will now be regarded as seafarers, who will now all get the same protections.
The MLC will enable enhanced checks by port state control, including investigation of pay problems such as double book-keeping; and the establishment of welfare facilities in ports, and importantly the introduction of on-ship safety committees.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Blacklisting and social dumping had blighted the maritime sector for decades and the convention created the possibility to finally turn the tide in favour of seafarers as long as it is rigorously enforced and policed."
JULIAN BRAY, broadcaster & Journalist, Media, Aviation, & Travel Expert. Broadcaster & Journalist EQUITY Member NUJ Life Mbr. UK Tel: 01733 345581 (isdn link on application)