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Increase in minimum wage for seafarers


New agreement on minimum wage for seafarers

At the end of November 2018, the social partners, namely the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) met in Geneva at the Joint Maritime Commission subcommittee (JMC).
The committee undertook a review of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Minimum Wage for an Able Seafarer (AB) provided for in Code B of the Maritime Labour Convention (also known as the MLC) 2006 (as amended).
The decision was to update the minimum wage for an able seafarer by USD 27 over the next three years, an increase of 4.5% on the current rate of USD 614.
The increase will be implemented as follows: 
1st July 2019 - increase of USD 4
1st January 2020 - increase of USD 7
1st January 2021 - increase of USD 16
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