SUR FETO and Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office agreed on cooperation
The Far Eastern Territorial Organization of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR FETO) and the Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office signed an agreement on cooperation to protect labor rights of crew members.
According to Nikolai Sukhanov, Chairman of SUR FETO, a significant preparatory work preceded the conclusion of this agreement. Back in May 2020, the parties discussed - through a video conference - the issue concerning the need to protect the rights of seafarers employed as on board ships under flag of Russia as on board FOC vessels. In particular, they talked about the opportunity to work together on the identification and elimination of offenses and to hold joint events. During subsequent meetings the parties expressed interest in constructive cooperation, which they have now officially agreed on.
- First of all, we decided to focus on issues related to offenses on board ships, and to address complaints and reports of seafarers coming directly from the board, including those related to wages, - said Nikolay Sukhanov. - In future, along with this work, I would like to hold Round Tables for seafarers and arrange seminars to improve their legal awareness. Thus crew members will know their rights, feel more confident in labor legislation issues, understand the procedure in case of their labor rights violations and, of course, apply to us for assistance.
In addition, the SUR FETO and Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office agreed that members of the trade union will be able to participate in prosecutor's inspections on the legislation enforcement as third side specialists, subject to mutual agreement.