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Milestone reached in international agreements on working conditions for fishermen


Good working conditions and safe working are both a major focus of attention to Cornelis Vrolijk. They concern everyone. So it is important to continue to give them priority to ensure that everyone - particularly our crews - can carry out their work as safely as possible.
The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (C188) of the International Labour Organization lays down minimum standards for working and living conditions on board fishing vessels. The standards had been set down on paper 10 years ago but had not come into force because some countries had yet to sign them. The convention was recently signed by the tenth country - Lithuania - which means that it will finally enter into force on 16 November 2017. Then, on 16 November 2018, a European Union directive will come into force that will make C188 apply to all Member States of the European Union.

At first sight, the new regulations will mean few changes in practice for the Dutch fleet, as our vessels largely satisfy the standards set in the convention. However, this is not the case in some other countries. The fact that there will now be a uniform set of rules for everyone will also lead to fairer competition.
Cornelis Vrolijk has through the effort of its colleague Ment van der Zwan (head of human resources in Ijmuiden) given a major contribution to the realisation of the C188 as well as the directive of the European Union. In 2015 Ment received the its 'Person of the Year' award by the well-known international journal Fishing News International for his effort to improve the working conditions of fishermen worldwide.

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