session of the International Labour Conference of the ILO to be
held in Geneva, Switzerland during 1st – 17th
June 2004, will discuss the issue of adopting a comprehensive
standard on work in the fishing sector.
new standard will revise the existing of several ILO instruments
that apply on fishing vessels. It is also expected to provide
protection for workers on both large and small fishing vessels.
this conference will be important to the Kenyan fish-workers we
call-upon the (COTU) Central Organization of Trade Unions and the
government of Kenya not to send joy riders from Nairobi but, to
send persons with practical maritime experience to represent
Kenyan Seafarers unto this important forum.
is because Kenyan Seafarers and Fishwokers have since independence
been miss-represented by COTU and the government of Kenya in
several international labour conferences.
also hurts very much to note here in that Kenyan Seafarers are not
represented in the on-going preparation of the International
Seafarers’ bill of rights.
Seafarers’ bill of rights setting minimum employment standards
for the World’s Seafarers is almost complete.
draft bill will be submitted to members of the ILO in September
this year for comments and amendments.
final documents will be put forward for adoption next year.
bill of rights aims to incorporate and update more than 60 ILO
conventions and recommendations it will cover virtually all
aspects of life at sea, including working hours and rest periods,
food and accommodation, health and safety.
with ILO instruments it will need to be adopted by individual
countries to come into effect (about 100 Nations).
Union of Kenya
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