ITF Inspection in St. Petersburg helped the seafarer to return home
It tookthe St. Petersburg Inspectorate of the International Transport Workers'
Federation (ITF) less than a week to addressthe issue of repatriating a crew member of the “Teal Bay” (flag of the
Isle of Man), who stayed on board after expiring the contract time.
A Vietnamese seafarercontacted the ITF at the end of January, when
the ship arrived at the port ofSt.
Petersburg.The Inspectors began investigation
concerning his complaint. It was found out that the crew member had worked on
board the vessel
for six months plus one, as stipulated in his
individual contract of employment. However, upon the expire of the contracted
period, the company didn't hurry to repatriate the seafarer. Moreover, all his
requests went unanswered.
Following the intervention of the ITF, the
Singaporean company confirmed the employee’s right for repatriation and paid
for his flight from St. Petersburg to Vietnam. A few days ago, the seafarer
contacted the ITF Inspectorate again. He said he was at home with his family, and
thanked the ITF for help.
One important detail -there is a collective agreement on board the
vessel “Teal Bay”. The availability of the collective bargaining agreement
confirms: even if seafarers have problems, they are resolved quickly and in a