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Statutory Documents - ILO Conventions - International Labour Conference Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 - Preamble


 The General Conference of the International Labour Organization,

 Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its Ninety-fourth Session on 7 February 2006, and

 Desiring to create a single, coherent instrument embodying as far as possible all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions, in particular:

the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29);
the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87);
the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98);
the Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100);
the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105);
the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111);
the Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138);
the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182); and

 Mindful of the core mandate of the Organization, which is to promote decent conditions of work, and

 Recalling the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998, and

 Mindful also that seafarers are covered by the provisions of other ILO instruments and have other rights which are established as fundamental rights and freedoms applicable to all persons, and

 Considering that, given the global nature of the shipping industry, seafarers need special protection, and

 Mindful also of the international standards on ship safety, human security and quality ship management in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amended, and the seafarer training and competency requirements in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, and

 Recalling that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, sets out a general legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and seas must be carried out and is of strategic importance as the basis for national, regional and global action and cooperation in the marine sector, and that its integrity needs to be maintained, and

 Recalling that Article 94 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, establishes the duties and obligations of a flag State with regard to, inter alia, labour conditions, crewing and social matters on ships that fly its flag, and

 Recalling paragraph 8 of article 19 of the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation which provides that in no case shall the adoption of any Convention or Recommendation by the Conference or the ratification of any Convention by any Member be deemed to affect any law, award, custom or agreement which ensures more favourable conditions to the workers concerned than those provided for in the Convention or Recommendation, and

 Determined that this new instrument should be designed to secure the widest possible acceptability among governments, shipowners and seafarers committed to the principles of decent work, that it should be readily updateable and that it should lend itself to effective implementation and enforcement, and

 Having decided upon the adoption of certain proposals for the realization of such an instrument, which is the only item on the agenda of the session, and

 Having determined that these proposals shall take the form of an international Convention;

 adopts this twenty-third day of February of the year two thousand and six the following Convention, which may be cited as the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

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