来源：World Maritime News 2018-11-21
翻译：国际海事信息网 王雅媛 张运鸿
经过两天的谈判，国际运输工人联合会(the International Transport Workers’ Federation，简称ITF)和国际航运工会(the International Chamber of Shipping，简称ICS)在日内瓦召开的联合海事委员会(the Joint Maritime Commission，简称JMC)船员工资小组委员会上，就国际劳工组织(the International Labour Organization，简称ILO)规定的最低船员工资进行了审查工作。
Deal Reached on Higher Seafarer Wages
Seafarers across the globe can look forward to higher wages as international bodies reached an
agreement on an overall increase of 4.5 percent of minimum wage for an able seafarer.
Following two days of negotiations, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), convened in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) subcommittee on seafarers wages to review the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s minimum seafarer wage.
It has been agreed to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by USD 27 over the next three years. The wages will provide an overall increase of 4.5 percent on the current rate of USD 614, with an increase of USD 4 as of July 1, 2019, followed by an increase of USD 7 as of January 1, 2020 and a final increase of USD 16 as of January 1, 2021.
The change was ascribed due to the calculation that the USD 614 wage was below the purchasing power stated in the ILO report prepared for the meeting. This is in particular due to economic forecasts and the volatility of the shipping industry.
“This was a difficult negotiation with two very different assessments about what the future holds for shipping and seafarers,” admitted Mark Dickinson, spokesperson for the seafarers’ group.
“There was strong opposition from the shipowners’ side for a significant increase. However, I am pleased that at the end pragmatism and common sense prevailed and the social partners worked their way forward to recognise the fundamental role seafarers play within the industry.
“We will continue to work together to find ways to ensure that the ILO formula used as the basis for these negotiations is fair and reflects the reality for seafarers, but the impact of this session of the JMC negotiation on the global seafaring community is undoubtedly a good and equitable result,” he added.