The welfare of seafarers - who were previously at risk of being stranded in foreign ports or left without pay if their carrier faced financial problems - has now been secured, according to a decision reached by the International Labor Organization, ILO, last Friday with an amendment to the Maritime Labor Convention.
"When they come into force, these measures will ensure the welfare of the world’s seafarers and their families if the seafarers are abandoned, or if death or long-term disability occurs as the result of occupational injury, illness or hazard. These steps will certainly help improve working and living conditions for seafarers, doing what is right for the women and men in this sector who play a central role in keeping the real economy going with some 90 per cent of world trade carried on ships,” said ILO Chairman Guy Ryder in relation to the adoption of the amendment on Friday.
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