Posts Tagged 'seafarers'

Government of Jamaica committed to welfare of seafarers

Minister of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles has pledged Government’s commitment to ensure that Jamaican seafarers and foreigners who work on the country’s ships enjoy decent working conditions. The minister also promised that the country would continue to promote the training and employment of the Jamaican crew as the shipping industry plays a key role in the Caribbean economy with over 90 per cent of goods arriving by sea. Continue reading ‘Government of Jamaica committed to welfare of seafarers’

Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention is “almost there”

When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia said the Organization had made “labour history” for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. Four years on, the Convention is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO Online spoke with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO’s International Labour Standards Department, about recent developments in the implementation of the Convention, and what the ILO and its Member States are doing to bring the Convention into force. Continue reading ‘Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention is “almost there”’

Moving forward with the Maritime Labour Convention

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO TV interviews three members of the Preparatory Tripartite Maritime Labour Convention Committee: Dave Heindel of the Seafarers’ International Union of North America; Arthur Bowring of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association; and Haakon Storhaug, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate. Watch the video interviews.

Maritime Labour Convention: ILO Preparatory Tripartite Committee

The Preparatory Tripartite Maritime Labour Convention Committee took place from 20 to 22 September 2010, in Geneva. The ILO’s MLC 2006 provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. The new labour standard is in the process of ratification by ILO member states and it aims at creating a more level playing field to help ensure fair competition and to marginalize substandard operations.  Continue reading ‘Maritime Labour Convention: ILO Preparatory Tripartite Committee’

Mexico: Oil workers at sea without a safety net

By Emilio Godoy

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reawakened concerns about labour conditions on Mexican drilling platforms. Restrictions on trade union freedoms, lack of insurance and health coverage, low wages, poor training and corrupt practices are some of the irregularities prevailing in Mexico’s private oil industry, according to union leaders and experts. Continue reading ‘Mexico: Oil workers at sea without a safety net’

Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention: consultations on 23-24 September

The Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention  is now beginning to develop in the manner envisaged by the International Labour Conference when it was adopted seven years ago. The purpose of the present consultations (23-24 September 2010) is to have an exchange of views between governments of member States that have ratified or are seriously considering ratification of Convention No. 185, together with the international organizations representing shipowners and seafarers, on any implementation problems that may have arisen and on ways of enabling the Convention to achieve its objectives. Continue reading ‘Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention: consultations on 23-24 September’

Asia-Pacific authorities agree to enhance regional maritime safety

By Edu Lopez

Maritime experts from 17 countries and six international organizations have agreed to enhance strategic approach to regional cooperation on maritime safety, security, marine environmental protection and search and rescue at the conclusion of the 11th Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) forum in Manila. Continue reading ‘Asia-Pacific authorities agree to enhance regional maritime safety’


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