Seafarers’ Rights in the Globalized Maritime Industry

April 19, 2011

From the Publisher:

The enormous technological, financial, and structural changes of recent decades have revolutionized the international shipping industry, bringing about lower freight rates, shorter time in port and fast turnarounds, reduction in crew size, employment of cheap labour from developing countries, avoidance of national regulations and taxes, and diminished living and working standards on board. Exploitation of seafarers has always existed, but now it has become more common and frequent. Shipowners can cut costs in various ways, but the most profitable and easiest to achieve are those at the expense of labour costs, in particular costs for maintaining proper living conditions on board the ship.

Seafarers’ Rights in the Globalized Maritime Industry, by Desislava Nikolaeva Demitrova ; editor, Roger Blanpain. Alphen aan den Rijn : Kluwer Law International, 2010. 150 p. (Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, v.75) ISBN 9789041133496 (pbk.)

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