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  1. Fourth Meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    19-23 April 2021

    NEW: Deadline to propose amendments to the Code of the MLC, 2006

    • Kindly note that the Officers of the STC, who are collectively very concerned about the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the maritime sector, have decided to extend the deadline to propose amendments to the Code of the MLC, 2006 in accordance with Article XV of the Convention. Information on the new deadline will be provided as soon as possible.

  2. Covid-19: Protecting workers

  1. Training on International Labour Standards

  2. The standards initiative

    In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic and uncertainty related to the travel restrictions in many Member States, the Governing Body decided by correspondence in July 2020 to postpone the sixth meeting of the SRM TWG from 14–18 September 2020 until a date in 2021 to be determined by the Governing Body at its 340th Session (October-November 2020).
    Further information and advice is available from the ILO helpdesk on the SRM TWG (
  3. #Trade4DecentWork

    Trade for Decent Work Project

    The project aims at improving the application of the ILO fundamental Conventions in EU trading partner countries through improved labour relations and working conditions

What's new

  1. Statement

    New Statement of the Officers of the STC on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - 1 October 2020

    01 October 2020

    Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    End the plight of stranded seafarers

    24 September 2020

    COVID-19 containment measures, travel restrictions and border closures, continue to make it increasingly difficult for ship operators worldwide to conduct required crew changes. The ILO, shipowners’ and seafarers’ organizations and UN bodies call to end the plight of seafarers and to fully respect seafarers’ rights.

  3. UNGA75

    High-Level Side Event on COVID-19 and Maritime Crew Changes: A humanitarian, safety, and economic crisis

    On the occasion of World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organization, the ILO and the United Nations Global Compact, collaboration with the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers' Federation, bring together heads of UN agencies, governments, multinational corporations, and shipowner and seafarer representatives, to discuss the present crisis and raise awareness for the important and unsung role of seafarers.

  4. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Stranded seafarers: A “humanitarian crisis”

    15 September 2020

    ILO and other UN bodies want member States to take urgent action to help hundreds of thousands of seafarers left stranded by COVID-19 restrictions.

  5. Meeting document

    Decision concerning the postponement of some official meetings

    06 August 2020