Seafarers' treaty to come into effect

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Ship master at the helm of the Stavros S Niarchos. Port of Southampton, UK ILO-Crozet M.

A global treaty to protect the rights of workers in the shipping industry is set to come into force in a year's time, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO says the ratification of its Maritime Labour Convention by Russia and the Philippines gives it the 30 ratifications required for it to come into force.

Derrick Mbatha reports:

The ILO's Maritime Labour Convention was adopted in 2006 to protect the rights of the more than 1.2 million workers in the shipping industry around the world.

The convention establishes minimum working conditions for seafarers including hours of work and rest, accommodation and recreational facilities.

It also covers food and catering, health protection, medical care and social security protection for the workers.

The convention provides for certification that ships comply with the minimum decent working conditions required.

It also allows seafarers to lodge complaints about their working conditions.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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