Today marks a new day for seafarers' rights. The Maritime Labour Convention comes into force on this day, and sets out a whole series of standards aimed at making sure seafarers have a decent place to work.
To coincide with this moment, Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the MUA and President of the International Transport Workers Federation released a joint statement with the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU).
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and The Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten also released a joint statement to mark the coming into force of the historic Maritime Labour Convention.
You can also see this sparkling video featuring Paddy Crumlin and Steve Cotton, acting general secretary of the ITF. It tells it all in a very short film.Read more
The ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 enters into force in Australia and internationally today, modernising more than 60 existing international labour standards going back over eight decades.
There are 1.2 million seafarers in the world and their work is often hard, dangerous and out of sight of the general public.
The Convention sets out in minimum working and living conditions for the world’s seafarers. Often referred to as the seafarers’ bill of rights, the Convention covers matters such as minimum standards for their employment, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health care, welfare and social security protection.
It is unique because it aims both to achieve decent work for seafarers and fair competition by creating a level playing field for the majority of shipowners and operators who do the right thing.Read more
Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the MUA and President of the International Transport Workers Federation, and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) issued the following joint statement on the day the Maritime Labour Convention came into force across the globe:
The coming into force of the MLC in August 2013 represents a significant leap forward in the global trade union campaign to improve the labour rights and labour standards of seafarers. It consolidates the rights if seafarers to:
* A safe and secure workplace
* Fair terms of employment
* Decent living and working conditions
* Social protection – access to medical care, health protection and welfare
* Freedom of association.Read more
Question: What About Workers' Compensation Coverage, OHS Coverage and the ILO Maritime Labour Convention?
The commencement of the Navigation (Consequential Amendments) Act 2012 on 1 July 2013 means that coverage under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1993 (Seafarers Act) is no longer determined by reference to the Navigation Act. The coverage provisions are now contained in the Seafarers Act itself.
Coverage in the Seafarers Act is meant to mirror coverage in the former Navigation Act, and retain coverage of vessels under s8A and s8AA declarations under that Act.
The union strongly recommends that you seek advice from your employer to confirm that you remain covered by the Seafarers Act.Read more
Changes from the Maritime Labour Convention with regard to certification of Marine CooksRead more
The Maritime Union of Australia today welcomed news that the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will enter into force internationally in 12 months’ time, providing for the protection of basic rights for seafarers throughout the world.Read more
In a landmark day for local seafarers, Australia has now lodged its ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention with the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.Read more
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary and International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) President Paddy Crumlin today applauded the passage of legislation that gives statutory effect to the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention.Read more
The MUA and National Secretary Paddy Crumlin welcome Minister Anthony Albanese's support of the Maritime Labour Convention and Shipping Reform.Read more
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National President and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) President Paddy Crumlin today applauded the introduction of the Maritime Labour Convention.Read more