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Restructuring seafarers’ welfare under the Maritime Labour Convention: an empirical case study of Greece

Zhang, P., Zhao, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-8935-001X, Vata, O. and Rajagopal, S. (2020). Restructuring seafarers’ welfare under the Maritime Labour Convention: an empirical case study of Greece. Maritime Business Review, 5(4), pp. 373-389. doi: 10.1108/mabr-02-2020-0009

Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to examine three of the major issues relating to the welfare of seafarers, including wages, social security benefits and onboard and ashore welfare facilities and services. It is impossible to research all countries here, so this paper selects Greece – which is one of today’s primary shipping countries as for shipowning, as well as for global supply and demand for seafarers – to conduct an empirical case study.

Design/methodology/approachBased on the existing knowledge and scholarship, and primary data collected in several phases of fieldwork, this paper intends to critically examine three major issues relating to the welfare for Greek seafarers, namely, wages, social security benefits and onboard and ashore welfare facilities and services

Findings
This paper finds that they face poor labour conditions, which are getting worse due to the depressed world and Greek economies and intense financial pressures on shipping companies. The entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 has a significant impact on the world maritime industry.

Research limitations/implications
This paper critically examines the three major issues relating to the welfare of Greek seafarers.

Originality/value
Such issues, which Greece is facing are also common in other countries, so the findings and suggestions revealed from this paper are of importance for the global shipping industry and other states.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is © PACIFIC STAR GROUP EDUCATION FOUNDATION and permission has been granted for this version to appear here openaccess.city.ac.uk. Pacific Star Group Education Foundation does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission of Pacific Star Group Education Foundation.
Publisher Keywords: Maritime labour convention, Greece, Seafarers, Welfare, Wages, Social security, Onboard and ashore welfare, Empirical case stud
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
Date available in CRO: 18 Aug 2021 15:01
Date deposited: 18 August 2021
Date of acceptance: 7 August 2020
Date of first online publication: 28 September 2020
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26615
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