This scam asks seafarers to pay £630 for a UK National Insurance number and other costs for a visa as part of a non-existent job offer.
Up to 400,000 seafarers still remain trapped working aboard vessels around the world due to Covid-19 travel and transit restrictions.
The FPC SG met on 10 December 2020 and discussed the IMEC Circular (20)123 “ILO minimum basic wage for an AB and IBF basic wages – Difference explained”, which was published on 1 December 2020.
Pressure is mounting on governments to designate seafarers as ‘key workers’ to avoid the prospect of forced labour and human rights abuses in major supply chains this holiday season, say representatives from the ITF.
Amid a concerning rise in cases of shipowners abandoning their vessels and crew, unions have helped recover more than USD$1.7 million in wages owed to seafarers.
ITF welcomes the announcement this week by the AMSA that it will be ending temporary exemptions for vessels to have seafarers on board for longer than the 11 months maximum stipulated by the ILO’s MLC.
The tragic death of a Peruvian fisher off the coast of Uruguay has angered the country’s Transport Workers’ Union, who say the international industry’s mistreatment of workers has been ignored for too long.
ITF is urging the governments of China, India and Australia to collaborate and urgently end the stalemate around the berthing of the coal-carrying vessels in Chinese ports, as some of the seafarers have been on board over 20 months.
Late last month, over 200,000 ‘naujan’, or river navigation workers, under the banner of the ITF-affiliated BNSF won major improvements to their working lives after a three-day strike against the Bangladesh Cargo Vessel Owners’ Association.