Seafarers’ views on the impact of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 on their living and working conditions: results from a pilot study

Creators: Fotteler, Marina L. and Jensen, Olaf C. and Andrioti, Despena
Title: Seafarers’ views on the impact of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 on their living and working conditions: results from a pilot study
Item Type: Article
Projects: DigiHealth
Journal or Publication Title: International Maritime Health
Page Range: pp. 257-263
Date: 19 December 2018
Divisions: Gesundheitsmanagement
Abstract: Background: The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC2006) entered into force in 2013 and is the firstcomprehensive set of standards for better living and working conditions covering aspects such as wages,contracts, food, medical care and social security. Currently, the Convention covers more than 90 of theworld’s shipping fleet. The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of the MLC2006 on the living andworking conditions of seafarers and to test and adjust the methods for future use through a pilot study.This article presents the seafarers’ perceived impact of MLC2006. Materials and methods: A mixed-method research approach was used (February to April 2018). The quantitativedata of 55 seafarers were analysed using descriptive statistics. Qualitative data obtained througha focus group interview and thematic content analysis was applied. Results: Remarkably, one third of the respondents pointed out a complete lack of improvement, while43.6 stated that the MLC2006 had improved their working and living conditions “somewhat” and only7.3 “to a great extend”. The focus group participants agreed that the MLC2006 did not improve workingconditions but mostly increased paperwork. Other issues of concern were the safety on board includingsafety training, long working hours connected to low manning, food and social difficulties. Conclusions: For Danish seafarers, the MLC2006 did not have a significant impact, as most standardswere in place before. It must be further investigated what the MLC2006 achieved for other flag states,especially in the light of its 5-year anniversary. Both methods yielded valuable data. Focus groups are anideal setting to study the views of seafarers.
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Fotteler, Marina L. and Jensen, Olaf C. and Andrioti, Despena (2018) Seafarers’ views on the impact of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 on their living and working conditions: results from a pilot study. International Maritime Health, 69 (4). pp. 257-263.

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