📢 The @ilo Maritime Labour Convention reaches 100th ratification!
🙌🏾 Over 96% of the world’s shipping and most of the seafarer labour supplying countries are now covered by this international standard.https://t.co/Nh2q9fhyOo
— International Labour Organization (@ilo) April 11, 2022
Leading the way
The ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, described the development as a milestone.
He said Oman, a longstanding maritime nation, has shown the way forward for other countries in the region.
“Indeed, Oman becomes the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to join the global efforts to ensure decent work for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners,” he added.
The Ambassador of Oman to the UN in Geneva, Idris Abdul Rahman Al Khanjari, formally submitted the ratification documents on 29 March.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Al Khanjari underscored his country’s commitment to safeguarding the labour rights of those who work on the high seas.
“Joining the MLC, 2006, is a clear confirmation of the Sultanate of Oman’s longstanding tradition as a prominent maritime nation in the region. This ratification reaffirms the commitment of my country to uphold the provisions of the Convention to achieve decent work for seafarers,” he said.
Ensuring consistency worldwide
The MLC brought together a large number of existing labour standards that no longer reflected contemporary working and living conditions, had low ratification levels, or inadequate enforcement and compliance systems.
Combining them into one Convention makes it easier for countries to regulate and enforce consistent industry norms and standards worldwide, according to the ILO.
The MLC was adopted in February 2006 and entered into force on 20 August 2013.
Since then, it has become a worldwide reference for the maritime industry and a pillar of international maritime rules and regulations.