Shipowners attack EU proposal on seafarers' rights

A proposal by the EU Commission aims to equate seafarers with employees working on land when companies are sold and in relation to collective lay-offs: Highly problematic, says shipowners and members of the European Parliament.

European seafarers should have the same rights and conditions as other employees working on land, for instance in cases where a company is sold or is subject to collective lay-offs, says the EU Commission, which wants to eliminate a series of exemptions that currently apply to seafarers in relation to employer insolvencies, European cooperation committees, information and hearings, collective lay-offs, and corporate divestments.

The proposal is highly problematic, according to the Danish Shipowners' Association, among others, and the association seems to have some support from the European Parliament.

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