Collective agreement of Crystal Jade was signed with yellow union
The SUR FERO's representatives visited the M/V Crystal Jade again. The union's officers decided to visit the bulker in cooperation with Alexander Sherstyuk, who is a Port State Control inspector, following the ship's master had refused to show all necessary documents, including personal contracts and insurance certificates, in their last visit.
This time the captain provided the documents. According to them, the vessel had a collective agreement concluded between the Japanese shipowner Cosmo Sealand Co Ltd and the Indonesian Seafarers' Union (KPI). The master added that the individual contracts of the crews were in line with the requirements of this document.
“We have immediately contacted to the adviser of the International Transport Workers' Federation in Indonesia John Wood and the secretary-general of the Indonesian Seafarers' Union,” said Nikolai Sukhanov, the chairman at the Far Eastern Regional Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR FERO). “It became clear that the ITF didn't approve the agreement and actually it was signed with yellow union. The latter isn't affiliated with the ITF and only hiding behind the KPI's name and hasn't any real links with the KPI. The yellow requirements to the labour conditions for seafarers are often very low and nobody controls the adherence to the agreement's requirements. The master was instructed by the shipowner that the documents shouldn't be shown us. The company clearly has had no wish to contact with the organizations affiliated with the ITF such as the All-Japan Seamen's Union (JSU) and the Seafarers' Union of Indonesia.
Also it became clear that Crystal Jade crew didn't know the ship had the collective agreement because it wasn't shown them. The SUR FERO's inspectors told the seafarers about the advantages of the ITF collective agreement. Only the collective agreement provides the decent labour conditions and higher wages for seafarers. Finally, the notice was sent to the shipowner claiming to sign the agreement with the ITF-affiliated union.