The Russian inspectors from the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) found breaches in a payment scheme for the crew of the Germany-flagged Rambow (IMO 9354478). It was found when the inspector came on the ship's board at the Port of St. Petersburg.
Learning the documents the ITF representative has rose some doubts regarding the wages of the Filipinos, who rotated the previous crew. The inspector discovered that the wages were lower than the contracts specified. A company denied this information and sent the wage scheme to the inspector showing the base for crew payments. But the officer hasn't been convinced in the accuracy of payments. To recheck the information he got in touch with an agreement signer – the Germany union Ver.di which confirmed his suspicions. In fact the wages have been paid by the shipowner in accordance with the last year's wage scheme.
Following Ver.di sent an actual document and the company had had no choice to recognize its mistake and make a calculation. According to changes each member of the Rambow crew was paid $30-40 for few weeks of work.
The situation again proves that all disputes will be resolved in a quick and civilized manner if a ship has a collective agreement containing the clear and transparent conditions.