ILO Urged to Revise Flawed Worker Legislation


We have followed up recent queries about seafarer terms and conditions globally with correspondence to the International Labour Organisation.

We have pointed to shortcomings identified in its ‘flagship’ seafarers terms Convention – The Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

A copy of the correspondence to the ILO is set out below. The ILO can on occasions be somewhat aloof and is decidedly sensitive to criticisms so just in case the message does not get through we have copied it to UN Secretary General and the International Maritime Organisation.

In addition in case the ILO ‘drag their heels’ on the issue we are also currently researching a possible Article 7 violation complaint to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Text of correspondence to ILO below:

“The Director-General
Mr. Guy Ryder
International Labour Organisation
Route de Morillons 4
Geneva 22

19th July 2015

Dear Director General Ryder,

We am aware that the body which sets International labour standards for seafarers is the ILO and we are aware that you introduced the Maritime Labour Convention in 2006 which has now been adopted by a wide range of governments with shipping registers.

However we are also aware of deficiencies highlighted in same, as indeed are outlined in the very detailed academic assessment at this link:

The final sentence of the ‘Conclusions’ to the article which is a fair summary says:

“This paper thus concludes that the relevant provisions discussed in this paper are prima facie, efficient in enforcing seafarers’ rights but remains adamant in the contention that the wording of the relevant provisions significantly limit effectiveness in enforcing the rights of theseafarer.”

We would therefore like to ask if the ILO has given any consideration to revising the wording of the Convention so as to make it more effective.

Yours sincerely

Director of Information
Celtic League

Secretary General United Nations
Director General International Maritime Organisation”

Related links;

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League



The Celtic League was established in 1961and has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on socio-economic issues


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