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ILO: Half billion people struggle to find decent work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) published its new report “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020” focusing on the global unemployment and the insufficient paid work, which impacts almost half a billion people worldwide. Specifically, ILO’s report highlights that due to lack of decent work, people are struggling to build a better future through their career.

North focuses on the gender pay gap issue

The North P&I Club recently published a report focusing on the gender pay gap issue. Specifically, the report reminds how important is to have the right processes, values, behaviours and a supportive infrastructure in place for everyone that want to success.

Call to end exploitative recruitment fees for seafarers and fishers

Human Rights at Sea published its latest briefing note concerning the exploitative recruitment fees in the maritime industry and further calls for an end to such fees for workers in a call to action. Namely, Human Rights at Sea note that such “misleading and exploitative recruitment practices by some labor recruiters and overseas employment agencies are a continued blight on raising social welfare and human rights standards in the global maritime sector”.

UK MCA detains cargo vessel due to unpaid wages

As BBC reports, a cargo ship has been detained in Leith port in Edinburgh due to non-payment of wages to Russian seafarers onboard the vessel. The UK MCA confirmed that it found deficiencies to the Cook Islands-flagged Alexander Tvardovskiy.

DP World Australia calls for an end to docker strikes

Amid a recently announced strike of stevedores in major Australian ports, DP World Australia expressed its disappointment and called for an end to the escalating industrial action, ‘particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts’.

ILO: Employment rates gender gap shrank by less than 2% in 27 years

In the last 27 years, the difference in the employment rates for men and women has shrunk by less than two percentage points, according to a recent report by ILO. The report shows generally that education is not the main reason for lower employment rates and lower pay of women. 

Tsakos Columbia introduces electronic payments for crew

Seafarers employed on Tsakos-owned vessels operated under its management arrangement with Columbia Shipmanagement will now be paid electronically as opposed to by ‘Cash-by-Master’, under an agreement signed with global maritime payments provider ShipMoney.

Uljanik sees another cancelled newbuilding order

Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik saw another cancelled newbuilding order, involving the construction of a livestock carrier by an owner in Kuwait. This happens as the shipyard has been in financial trouble for months and workers are on a strike, as they have not received their wages for months. 

N. Zealand detains ship for not paying crew

Maritime NZ detained the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Daiwan Justice on 2 March 2019, at Lyttelton. The detention came after a complaint that the crewmembers’ wages had not been paid for almost four months. As  a similar case took place with the same operator last year, Maritime NZ is considering what compliance actions it may take against the company.

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