In light of the Seafarers Awareness Week, Nautilus International launched a global Fairness campaign in order to tackle workplace inequalities.
COVID-19 has exposed how many countries were ‘shockingly underprepared’ for the challenges a global pandemic brings, said Mark Dickinson, general secretary of Nautilus International.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the major restrictions that has brought, shipping industry is dealing with crew changes difficulties. Following the situation, the Union for maritime professionals, Nautilus International, urges the governments to act and enhance seafarers’ repatriation.
UK-based union Nautilus International is working with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to support seafarers affected by sudden lay-offs and contract voiding due to cruise cancellations mid voyage, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The introduction of new technology designed to save money by restricting crew access to email and the internet, has ‘worrying implications’, Nautilus International stated. Such systems help managers cut costs, monitor data usage, apply tougher security and control onboard connectivity.
Nautilus International applauded the enforcement of the ‘Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) for fishing’ for providing decent working conditions for the fishing industry and protecting those working in the sector. The UK’s first report on the Convention is due 1 September 2021.
UK-based union Nautilus International and Dutch shipping employers have agreed a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) giving Dutch merchant mariners an innovative framework to help them take advantage of a Netherlands’ central pension agreement on early retirement.
Following the elections in the UK, Nautilus International called the newly-elected government to ensure a strong and prosperous British maritime sector post-Brexit by supporting the core objectives set out in its manifesto.
With the much-debated IMO 2020 regulation taking effect in less than a month, Nautilus International issued a warning over a potential new wave of seafarer criminalization. The IMO’s 2020 regulation speculates that ships must run on fuel containing no more than 0.5% m/m of sulphur unless there is a scrubber installed.
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