In the SUR
primary trade union organization of seafarers in Sevastopol a crewmember from
the vessel under the flag of the Russian Federation washelped to understand the
conditions of the labor contract. The sailor had questions about paying for the
period of temporary disability.
The fact is that during the work he was injured,
underwent rehabilitation, according to the results of which he could again
return to the profession but before the next voyage he turned to the trade
union to clarify whether everything was correctly calculated according to the
sick list. As Artem Boev, chairman of the trade union committee, noted the
receiving compensation for injuries while working on board the vesselis one of the common issues that seafarers
applied for theunion for help.
case the rights of the sailor are fully respected, explained Artem Boev. The
amount of his rehabilitation did not exceed the conditional benefit
(deductible) agreed upon by the insurance contract –$1000. If the amount of
medical expenses incurred by the sailor exceeds the deductible, the insurance
company will reimburse the funds, if not, the employer. In this case, the
shipowner compensated all the costs.
We add that for any seafarer insurance
should be a prerequisite for employment. Even before the voyage the seafarer must
specify the amount of insurance in case of injury, and the shipowner should
inform about the financial guarantees that he can rely on in case of
disability. In addition the employee must understand that he has the right to
apply not only for insurance payment but also for paid sick leave, as well as
compensation for additional costs associated with medical, professional and
social rehabilitation. All amounts except for temporary disability benefits are
paid by the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, but the employer
transfers the money.
The SUR recalls that before concluding a labor contract it
is better to contact the trade union and discuss its conditions with
specialists. So a seafarer can defend his right to decent employment. At the same
time do not forget about the existence of a collective agreement approved by
the ITF which is the best guarantee of reliable employment.