Seafarers’ unions and maritime employers have signed a four-year settlement that can see wage will increase and dozens of office protections and enhancements for over 250,000 seafarers’ serving on greater than 10,000 vessels. 

The Worldwide Bargaining Discussion board (IBF), the discussion board that negotiates the world’s largest world collective bargaining settlement, agreed phrases for the 2024-2027 IBF Framework Settlement final week in Berlin. 

Seafarers coated by the settlement will obtain a 6% wage improve over the following two years – a 4% wage and compensations improve from January 1 2024 and a 2% wage and compensations improve from January 1 2025. The 2026-27 pay deal and value gadgets might be negotiated in 2025. 

As well as, the settlement contains reference to ILO Conference 190 on Violence and Harassment to strengthen a joint dedication to offer protected workplaces freed from violence, discrimination and harassment for all seafarers. There was additionally a joint recognition of the significance of protected working practices in cargo lashing within the widespread struggle in opposition to malpractice. 

A brand new working group was additionally established that can deal with the way forward for seafaring and main challenges that the trade faces together with the affect of latest know-how, the introduction of different fuels, and guaranteeing a simply transition because the trade responds to local weather change. Considerations round seafarers’ hours of labor, crewing ranges, fatigue and length of employment can even fall beneath the remit of the working group.   

ITF president Paddy Crumlin stated: “The pay deal locked into this settlement gives concrete monetary recognition for the essential contribution that seafarers make to the worldwide economic system and in addition recognises the sacrifice that seafarers have carried over the previous few years and all through the pandemic. The connection between ITF and the JNG stays in fine condition regardless of the challenges that these negotiations confronted.”