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Document ID (ISN)102454
CIS number 03-1476
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mayhew C., Grewal D.
Title Occupational violence/bullying in the maritime industry: A pilot study
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.19, No.5, p.457-463. 23 ref.
Abstract In this study on violence and bullying among seafarers, data were gathered from 108 seafarers of various nationalities by means of questionnaires and structured interviews. The international seafaring labour force was found to exhibit all the characteristics of the precarious labour force: weak labour market position, long hours of work, comparatively poor pay and frequency of violence and bullying. Such findings were not unexpected, given recent comprehensive studies of precarious labour in other industry sectors. However, the major differentiating factor was that seafaring crews are often multicultural, and this sometimes exacerbated tensions, leading to interracial violence, for example. Because most seafarers usually work far from their home social support networks, their vulnerability to a range of exploitative mechanisms is heightened. The implementation of the in-progress ILO code of practice on violence and stress at work in the service sector, based on the report entitled "Violence at work" (see CIS 00-599), may be a key step in reducing the risks of violence and bullying among seafarers.
Descriptors (primary) bullying; violence; sea transport; ships
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; Australia; Malaysia; ILO; directive; hours of work; survey; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Violence and terrorism
Water transportation
Bullying and mobbing