SUR: seafarer shouldn't be signed off from a ship in case of wage arrears
There is a secret rule on fleet: if a shipowner doesn't pay wage in full, a seafarer shouldn't be signed off from a ship. If he breaches it, a seafarer risks has nothing.
The crew members of the refrigerated cargo ship ODIN (flag of Russia, IMO 8320834) fell into the trap. According to Pyotr Osichansky, the chairman of its trade union committee, together seafarers came for help into the Vladivostok Primary Trade Union of Seafarers of the Seafarers' Union of Russia.
The story started last year: an employer hasn't been paying to the seafarers even so called white salary, although it wasn't so high. The officially registered rate of wages for motorman is RUR 11,400 and the total amount of his salary, including all rates, is RUR18,696. The wage of the second officer, fixed in the labour contract, is RUR12,150 and the total amount of his salary is RUR19,926. The wage of the captain is RUR14,000 and he is paid just above of RUR22,960. Actually, seafarers are promised to be paid the amount of wages written into the staff list, but no one of the ODIN's crew doesn't receive the money. It is a common practice among the national shipping companies. According to the document, the motorman's wage for the period of berthing at Vladivostok is RUR40,000, at Busan - RUR50,000 and for the period of voyage - RUR70,000-80,000. The salary of the second officer for the period of berthing at the Port of Vladivostok is RUR45,000; during the berthing at Busan - RUR60,000; and for period of voyage - RUR100,000-110,000. The company promises to pay the captain: RUR80,000 - for the period of berthing at Vladivostok; RUR95,000 - for period of berthing at Busan; and RUR200,000-250,000 - for period of voyage.