The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC2006).
During the session, Wogu commented that the step is another milestone aimed at generating and sustaining industrial peace and harmony which is pivotal for the attainment of theTransformation Agenda of the present administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Ministered stated, “This meeting marks for us another milestone in our efforts at generating and sustaining industrial peace and harmony so necessary for the attainment of the present administration’s Transformation Agenda”.
The MLC will come into force on August 20, 2013, as the required 30 member-states have ratified the convention, which provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers.
The Convention sets out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work on a wide range of subjects, and aims to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced.
It has been designed to become a global instrument known as the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organisation.
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