Today Dryad Global announced that new international employment rights for seafarers who are captured by pirates come into force on December 26, 2020.

The amendment, comes during a resurgence of recently reported piracy incidents.

The new rights are set out in the 2018 amendments to the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). They ensure that a Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA) will stay in place while a seafarer is held captive by pirates on or off the ship – even if the seafarer’s contract expires or is terminated by the shipowner.

This means that seafarers will continue to be paid their full wages while in captivity and receive any other entitlements due from the shipowner under the terms of their SEA, collective bargaining agreement or national law of the flag state. These entitlements could include holiday pay and pension contributions.

See Dryad Global for more information.

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