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Seafarers to continue receiving wages if held by pirates

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Seafarers held captive as a result of an act of piracy or armed robbery against ships will continue to receive their wages and entitlements during their period of captivity under amendments  to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)  adopted by the Special Tripartite Committee  of the MLC, 2006 at a recent meeting at the International Labour Organisation, ILO, in Geneva.

The amendments will be submitted for approval at the 28 May-8 June, 2018 International Labour Conference.

According to Corinne Vargha, Director of ILO’s International Labour Department, “Tripartism and social dialogue played a key role in the process of adoption of the amendments. These amendments cover concrete needs of seafarers that were not addressed until now by the Convention.”

World Maritime University President, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, a former ILO official, also welcomed the amendments. “These amendments have an important significance in terms of the legal certainty that they provide and also the protection they extend to seafarers and their families when faced with the most horrid of crimes in today’s modern world,” she said.

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