A large number of marine burrows from around the world working on a Norwegian-controlled vessel are covered by an International Collective Agreement (CBA). NMOA supports several international seafarers` unions in CBSA negotiations to ensure decent wages and working conditions for all sailors aboard Norwegian vessels. International CBAs are negotiated every two or four years. The largest CBA includes members of the Associated Marine Officers` – Seamen`s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP.) The CBA for members of AMOSUP and other Asian seafarers` unions is managed by the Norwegian and Asian Sailors Committee (NASCO). For Eastern European sailors, the CBAs are coordinated by SCOCEEN, a maritime committee from Central, Eastern and Norwegian Europe. Work on CBAs is funded by shipowners, who are required to pay a fee per sailor covered by the CBA. This includes a fund that benefits both international sailors and NMOAs members. An international KBA and your employment contract define your rights as collaborators on board a Norwegian ship. It regulates your wages, working hours, sickness benefits as well as other regulations that the company or the armatorial association has imposed with regard to your conditions of employment. NOTE: Seafarers covered by international CFAs are not entitled to membership in NMOA or other Norwegian maritime communities and are therefore not required to pay union dues. They may choose to be members of a maritime union in their country of residence.
Ships under flags of convenience are frequent visitors to the port of Nakhodka. But few of them have the ITF collective agreement, which guarantees the social rights and workers of seafarers. Following inspections, representatives of the SUR Far East Regional Organization (SUR FERO) found no collective agreements on board the three ships Ionnis Theo (Marshall Islands Pavilion, IMO9565170), Superior (Liberian Pavilion, IMO9553220) and Venus Geopark (Panama Pavilion, IMO9672789). Ionnis Theo and Superior are controlled by Greek companies and an owner of the Venus geopark is a Japanese company. The sailors` union warned the crews of the risks of the flag of convenience (FOC) and its representatives carried out protests against the use of C.C.C. by shipowners. Sailors` contracts and insurance certificates according to MLC-2006 were issued only on M/V Superior. But the masters of two other vessels could not give an answer on the amount of crew insurance. 70 years ago, the International Transport Workers` Federation launched a campaign against the flag of convenience because of cheap records. Flag of Convenience Action Week campaigns conduct in the Far East several times a year.
The week of action is expected to meet in 2018.