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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Catholic agency urges shipowners to 'pay fair'
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¬†The Apostleship of the Sea is urging equal pay for seafarers of all nationalities. Nearly 200 shipowners from around the world gathered in London for a conference last week on manning and training. The gathering heard that the wage for general crew fell by around 3% last year. According to a survey of shipowners the average wage for a general seafarer dropped to £675 per month. In a question and answer session AOS Director of Development John Green also highlighted the fact that seafarers from poorer countries, such as the Philippines, are paid substantially lower wages than European seafarers and called for efforts to be made to ensure equality of pay for all regardless of nationality. Commodore Chris York, AOS National Director said: "I am pleased that the Church's concern for the rights of all seafarers has been voiced in the heart of the industry, amongst shipowners, however, AOS's ship visitor's all too often encounter non-western seafarers who are not infrequently paid well below the UK minimum wage whilst working on UK registered ships. The highlighting of injustices in the maritime world is a crucial part of our ministry of evangelisation." Apostleship of the Sea is an agency of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England & Wales. Founded in Glasgow in 1922 AOS is now in 89 countries around the world. Worldwide, AOS is directed by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, based in the Vatican. It both a mission and welfare outreach of the Church, providing help to all seafarers regardless of colour, creed or nationality. AOS works closely with its ecumenical partners in mission: Mission to Seafarers and British & International Sailors Society, as well as Deutsche Seemannsmission and the Nordic Seafarer. For more information visit the AOS (Stella Maris) website through our Links pages.
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