Decent work for seafarers

Decent work for seafarers: Programme fact sheet

The Philippines ranks as the top supplier of seafarers in the world, particularly ratings. In 2006, the maritime constituents of the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). The lack of standard laws, contracts, and collective bargaining agreements tend to be the main source of protection for seafarers but organized seafarers only cover 17-20 per cent of the maritime labour force since they are regularly contract workers.

The living and working conditions of seafarers are distinct from those of other workers. Particularly for international seafarers, they live and work in ships, in a multi-cultural environment.