The ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 will enter into force on 20th August 2013. Under the Convention all private crewing agencies must be regulated and provide an efficient, adequate and accountable service that protects and promotes seafarers’ employment rights.
In particular, it is prohibited to:
• charge fees to seafarers for finding positions on board
• make illegal deductions from wages
• create seafarer blacklists
Also, you have the right to be paid regularly and in full, at least monthly, and in accordance with your employment agreement or CBA.
ITF is monitoring and compiling complaints from seafarers about crewing agencies that may not be in compliance with MLC 2006 requirements.