GFOW and the International Transport Workers’ Federation Organize a Workshop Discussing the Maritime Labor Convention 2006

Merge 104.8  |  16 January 2024

The General Federation of Oman Workers (GFOW) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation held a workshop earlier today, to raise awareness on the Maritime Labor Convention 2006, which aims to protect the rights of workers in the maritime sector.

The workshop was held under the patronage of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Engineer Khamis bin Mohammed Al Shamakhi.

 Discussions during the workshop included the provisions of the Maritime Labor Convention, the associated regulation of seafarers’ rights and duties in the relevant international agreements and treaties, the obligations it imposes on various parties, and the importance of the Maritime Labor Convention in determining the minimum standards of work on ships, and the relationship between shipowners. The workshop also clarified the responsibilities and obligations of all relevant parties, including the flag state and the port state, as well as inspection procedures, the issuance of certificates, and the mechanism for submitting and dealing with complaints.

His Excellency Engineer Khamis bin Mohammed Al Shamakhi said: “Implementing such workshops helps to organize and enhance the role of workers in the maritime transport sector, and raise the level of commitment of operators and concerned parties to employing national cadres in the maritime transport sector,”. He added that since the Sultanate’s accession to the agreement Maritime work for the year 2006, regulations related to control and inspection were activated, as well as those related to occupational safety and health and creating a suitable work environment for national cadres working in the maritime transport sector.