There is still no any collective agreement on board M/V "Crystal Jade"
Today the representatives of the Far Eastern
TerritorialOrganization of the
Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR) have visited the ship and found out that since
the last inspection in early February 2018 there were hardly any changes with
the vessel: there is no any collective agreement on board, the captain refuses
to show seafarers'individual contracts
and insurance certificates, and crew members do not voice the size of their
Last time the notice had been sent to the shipowner,andFusao Ohori, ITF Coordinator in Japan,entered into negotiations with the shipowner Mitsui OSK Kinkai Ltd and
the ship management companyCosmo
Sealand Co Ltd. Unfortunately the negotiationsresulted in nothing. Then the notice was sent to the ship management
company once more, and Nikolai Sukhanov, Chairman of the SUR FETO, contacted
Fusao Ohori to discuss the situation.
According to the ITF Coordinator in Japan, the company is
reluctant to negotiate with the All Japan Seamen's Union (JSU) on the
matter of signing a collective agreement, but the trade union experts will
continue their efforts to argue the shipowner inthe necessity of such agreement. However,
this will take time.
- The ship is flying thePanama'sflag of convenience ,
and the shipowner violates the crew members' rights: by preventing seafarers
from communicating with ITF representatives the shipownerdeprives them of the opportunity to become
members of a trade union, -Nikolai
Sukhanov said. - Therefore, we decided to bring pressure on the shipowner. We
have contacted the Harbour Master of port Nakhodka and now are going to
makea joint inspectionof the “Crystal Jade”. I believe we should do
our bestto protect the crew members
from the shipowner who constantly violates the rights of seafarers working on
board the flag-of-convenience vessel.