Monday, December 21, 2015

China's ratification of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention


Crew members bundle a rope ladder aboard a ship as it leaves Inchon port, South Korea. China's ratification of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention will protect the rights of the nation's 620,000 merchant sailors.(Photo/China Daily)
Source: http://www.ecns.cn

China's ratification of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention will improve conditions in the world's third-largest merchant fleet and attract more people into the industry. 

Last month, China formally completed its ratification of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention, also known as the Seafarers' Bill of Rights, designed to promote greater adherence to employment law in the shipping industry.

Established by the International Labour Organization, the convention sets minimum requirements for almost every aspect of working conditions at sea, including terms of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care, welfare provision and social security protection.
When the convention comes into force in China on Nov 12, 2016, sailors serving on merchant ships flying the Chinese flag will be guaranteed standard working conditions.

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