Bahamas Discusses Ratifying Maritime Labour Convention

NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas labour and maritime officials attended a meeting of the International Labour Organization, held in Geneva, Switzerland from September 20 – 22, 2010.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.  The provisions of this convention would safeguard the rights of workers on ships that are registered in The Bahamas.

Presently, The Bahamas has the third largest Ship Registry in the world; therefore, full ratification would positively impact thousands of maritime workers.

Shown at the meeting from left: Robin Phillips Deputy Director, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Deputy Director, Bahamas Maritime Authority; John Pinder, President of the Bahamas National Congress of Trade Unions representing Maritime Workers (Seafarers); Dr. Cleo Doumbia Henry, Director of the Standards Committee and Senior Maritime Labour Specialist with the ILO; Captain Douglas Bell, Deputy Director, Bahamas Maritime Authority and Harcourt Brown, Director of Labour and ILO desk Officer for The Bahamas.