Marine Log

February 21, 2006

Maritime labor convention set for adoption

A draft consolidated maritime labor convention, to be voted on in Geneva on Thursday by an International Labor Organization conference, provides a "modern approach to addressing decent work and a fair globalization," says ILO Director-General Juan Somavia.

The Maritime Session of the International Labor Conference has been meeting since February 7 to considert the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006. Some 900 delegates representing the world's more than 1.2 million seafarers, global ship owners and some 100 governments are to vote on the Convention on Thursday, the final day of the Conference.

The proposed convention sets out a wide range of rights to decent working conditions for seafarers and covers subjects including health, safety, minimum age, recruitment, hours of work and other issues.

The final draft consolidates and updates more than 65 international maritime labor instruments adopted by the ILO over the past 80 years.

Though the draft convention is expected to be formally adopted on Thursday it must then be ratified and implemented by the ILO's 178 member states. The convention will require 30 ratifications covering 33 per cent of world gross tonnage to come into effect.

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