St Kitts signs up to seafarers' bill of rights
2 March 2012St Kitts and Nevis has become the latest member state of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – often known as the seafarers' "bill of rights". The MLC sets out minimum standards and fair working conditions for seafarers worldwide.
St Kitts, which has about 1,000 ships on its registry, became the 23rd state to back the MLC when it handed its ratification to the ILO on 21 February.
To come into international law, the MLC has to be signed by at least 30 member states and represent at least 50 per cent of the world's gross tonnage of shipping. The latter condition has already been exceeded, with states representing over 56 per cent of world shipping tonnage signed up. Following the ratification by St Kitts, just seven more countries need to sign up to bring the convention into international law.
The ILO is expecting the remaining seven ratifications to be gained in time for the MLC to come into force in early 2013.
Maritime Labour Convention - http://www.itfseafarers.org/ILOMLC.cfm