Shipping: Minimum Wage

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th May 2022.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made on the Government’s integrational engagement at the International Labour Organisation on minimum wages for seafarers in the international shipping industry.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

While the majority of the work of the ILO is agreed on a tripartite basis between governments and social partners, the Joint Maritime Committee (JMC) is a bipartite meeting between the social partners only.

The sub-committee of the JMC on wages met in Geneva recently and agreed to raise the International Labour Organization (ILO) minimum basic wage guidelines for an able seafarer.

Therefore before the government addresses the Office of the ILO, it is waiting for the recommendations of the Committee and of the amendments agreed to the Maritime Labour Convention by the Special Tripartite Committed to be adopted at the 346th session of the ILO Governing Body later this year and for the final reports of both Committees to be published.

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