BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectUK to Take 4 or 5 yrs to Ratify ILO Super Convention Hit1458
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.10.20

Thursday, 19 October 2006 <br /> <br />SPEAKING at seminar organised by The Mission to Seafarers, UK Shipping Minister Stephen Ladyman said<br> that it would take at least four years to ratify the new Maritime Labour Convention. <br /> <br />Delegates from the UK government, the shipping industry and voluntary organisations gathered in London to<br> discuss seafarers' welfare heard Dr Ladyman praise the Maritime Labour Convention, which consolidates and<br> updates existing ILO maritime labour standards. It covers subjects ranging from minimum age and fitness, <br>employment agreements and hours of work, seafarers' accommodation, and health, safety and social security<br> matters. <br /> <br />The new legislation will bring about a more level playing field in terms of everyone involved in the shipping industry<br> having a role to play in the welfare of seafarers. <br /> <br />Dr. Ladyman said that UK was a key px-layer in the five-year development of the ILO Convention, “which has to be<br> ratified by many nations”. He said: “There are areas where legislative change will be needed and this means it<br> will be four or five years before the UK can ratify the Convention.”

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