“We visited this ship in 2017, there was no collective agreement on board at that time,” said Nikolai Soukhanov. On that date, SUR FETO sent a communication to the shipowner, which led to negotiations between the company and the Union of Seamens (JSU) and signed the collective agreement approved by the ITF. These are the contracts linking individual crew members to the ITF agreement and the corresponding CBA. They list the details of the sailor, employer, vessel and specify the conditions of the CBA applicable to that determined crew member. Thus, if he is z.B, he will receive the basic salary, guaranteed overtime, overtime rate, leave allowance and living allowance that apply to an AB. There should be 4 copies of the seaman`s employment contract: one that the sailor can keep for his own recordings; one for the ship file; one for the ITF In London; and one for the company file. The sector is growing. Ships with 4,500 passengers and 2,000 crew members are planned. The International Transport Workers` Federation (ITF) believes that this extension means that employers should rely on qualification and professionalism. This would benefit everyone much better – crew, passengers and businesses – than getting every last failure out of angry staff and having to rehire again and again. During this visit the m/v Star Masaya was under the load of coal in the port of Nakhodka, – Nikolai Sukhanov, the president of the SUR Far Eastern Territorial Organization said.
Although crew salaries are good – the base rate for ab and captain is USD 1,364 and 9,360 DOLLARS respectively, Filipino, Greek and Romanian crew members do not have guarantees of decent terms of employment due to a lack of collective agreement on board. Previously, m/v Star Masaya was subject to the collective agreement, but the document expired on March 31, 2019. The Greek company Sitinas Shipping Co has not renewed the contract. The absence of a collective agreement between the union and the employer means a lack of control and other instruments that protect the interests of the crew members. The only guarantee for sailors working on a convenience-flag ship is a collective agreement signed with the trade union organization because it guarantees high wages, one-off wages, the right to a demand for union work and other important social guarantees. Other improvements to the SV collective agreement include: at the request of the Star Masaya crew, SUR FETO will issue Sitinas Shipping Co management with a notice inviting negotiations to sign a collective agreement approved by the ITF. When a shipowner signs an ITF agreement, he commits: the ITF agreements are only those that have been approved by the ITF and apply only to ships flying flag of convenience (FOC) – In the event of an ITF agreement, a crew member should expect the employer to respect it.