In November last year a consensus was reached by ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and JMS (Joint Maritime Commission) after two days of discussion and negotiation that seafarers globally can enjoy higher wages of overall increase of up to 4.5 percent of minimum wage for an able seafarer.
What does this move insinuate? This will see an update on the minimum wage of an able seafarer by USD 27 over three years. A month later on July 1, 2019 there will be an increase of USD 4 and moving along to January 1, 2020 an increase of USD 7 will happen. The final increase will happen on January 1, 2021.
This change was attributed based on the calculation that the USD 614 wage falling below the purchasing power stated in the ILO report. The economic forecasts and unpredictability of the shipping industry was taken into consideration
Facing opposition from shipowners regarding the significant increase, Mr Mark Dickinson, the Seafarers’ Group spokesperson had this to say.
“There was strong opposition from the shipowners’ side for a significant increase. However, I am pleased that at the end pragmatism and common sense prevailed and the social partners worked their way forward to recognise the fundamental role seafarers play within the industry.”
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