FESCO and SUR agree to rise wages for Russian seafarers
The Vladivostok-based subsidiary of PAO Far Eastern Shipping Company (PAO FESCO) and the SUR's Primary Trade Union Organization of FESCO Seafarers concluded a new collective agreement, which begins to run from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The negotiations between the shipping company and the single representative body, which was specially established to support the dialogue with the employer, preceded the agreement.
Following the discussions, the parties arranged to increase the wage rates for the subsidiary's crews. Such as, the wage rates for ratings will be averagely risen by 30%, for the officers - by 5%-10%, while the annual salary indexation will be continued due to rise the consumer prices. According to the agreement, the social care package for the employees is also extended. The additions on the baby bonus payout are written in the agreement. The amount of the material assistance in case of death in family will be doubled. Besides the life insurance payments, the new death in service benefit is included in the agreement. The employees also will be paid the increased compensation for tourist vouchers for their children.
“The relations with the unions are very important for FESCO. Now we pay special attention to the social needs of our staff and seek to meet the high standards of social responsibility,” Igor Sharkov, the director of the subsidiary, said.
“Under the collective negotiations, the unions and FESCO held the productive dialogue. I should recognize the employer's responsibility in part of the social guarantees and increasing the seafarers' wages,” highlighted Nikolai Zadoyanov, the chairman at the SUR's Primary Trade Union Organization of FESCO Seafarers.
On photo: Igor Sharkov (centre) and Nikolai Zadoyanov (right).