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8 Maritime Labour Law

Douglas B Stevenson

From: The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law: Volume II: Shipping Law

Edited By: David J Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Ignacio Arroyo, Norman Martinez, Elda Belja

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 December 2021

Seafarers — Nationality of ships — Straits

This chapter outlines the development of international maritime labour law. It highlights provisions concerning the overall working conditions and health of seafarers. Protecting seafarers is one of the principal reasons for the development of maritime law. Despite being highly skilled, seafarers can become victims of exploitation, abuse, and discrimination. Furthermore, they are often away from land-based institutions that provide aid and protection. By the beginning of the twentieth century, labour unrest led to the creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which seeks to improve the lives of workers. The chapter analyses the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which provides a comprehensive statement of seafarers’ rights such as standards for conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, and health protection.

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