in

India ratifies Hong Kong Convention

Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey are world’s the top five shipbreaking countries, accounting for more than 98 per cent of the global shipbreaking by gross tonnage.

On 28 November, the largest one, India, ratified the International Maritime Organization-IMO’s the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe Recycling and Environmentally Sound of Ships.

The Hong Kong Convention will only enter into force when:

  • At least 15 states have ratified it
  • The merchant fleets of the ratifying states account for 40 per cent of global gross tonnage
  • The ratifying states have recycled at least three per cent of their combined tonnage over the past ten years

With India’s ratification, the number of states required has now been reached.

Approximately 10 per cent of the tonnage and 0.4 per cent of the recycling volumes need to be added before the Convention can enter into force.

IndustriALL has intensified the campaign to clean up shipbreaking, often labelled the most dangerous job in the world, lobbying major maritime states. The industry has a responsibility to provide, and workers have a right to expect, safe, healthy, clean and sustainable jobs.

Kan Matsuzaki, IndustriALL director for shipbuilding and shipbreaking, says:

“The Hong Kong convention sets out a minimum and is a first step towards creating a level playing field for a sustainable future. India is taking its responsibility; now it’s time for China, Bangladesh and Pakistan to ratify the convention.”

V.V. Rane, Vice Chairperson of IndustriALL’s Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking Sector as well as leader of India’s largest shipbreaking union, ASSRGWA, says:

“ASSRGWA has organized workers at the world’s largest ship recycling yard in Alang. With the ratification, workers’ rights will be protected and there will be room for social dialogue. The industry will also aim to be sustainable.

“We congratulate the government of India for ratifying the Hong Kong Convention.”

Source

Disclaimer: All third-party opinions expressed via IASWI accounts linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of IASWI or its affiliates. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied. To discuss this disclaimer or the removal of appropriate credit for materials of which you hold copyright please contact us. All the third party videos and contents found on workers-iran.org is not hosted on our servers; all third party videos or contents are hosted on a third party site. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and news sources on the www.workers-iran.org do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the IASWI or official policies of the IASWI. These posts are only generated for the purpose of information sharing on the labour related issues.

Written by IASWI

Janice Folk-Dawson, Chair of CUPE Ontario’s University Workers’ Committee, elected OFL Executive Vice-President

EI condemns the temporary closure of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education by Israeli authorities