Maritime Labour Convention comes into force today
Today the International Labour Organization (ILO) will mark the coming into force of its historic Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
The ILO Convention, known as ‘MLC, 2006’, will establish minimum working and living standards for seafarers and be an essential step toward ensuring fair competition and a level-playing field for quality ship-owners flying the flags of ratifying countries.
To mark the day, the ILO has organised a panel today with high-level representatives of seafarers, ship-owners and port authorities from Singapore's maritime sector, and Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, director of the ILO International Labour Standards Department, who is the key ILO expert on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006).
With the ratification of the MLC 2006 by the United Kingdom on August 11, 41 ILO Member States, representing 75.3 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships and more than 50 per cent of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers have now committed themselves to the Convention.