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Social security for seafarers globally

Olaf C. Jensen, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III, Erik Haarløv, Rimsky Sucre, Agnes Flores, M. Luisa Canals
International Maritime Health 2013;64(1):30-35.

open access

Vol 64, No 1 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Submitted: 2013-05-08
Accepted: 2013-05-08
Published online: 2013-05-01

Abstract

Background: The social security protection is one of the essential elements of decent work. The issue is complexand no previous epidemiological studies of the coverage among the seafarers have yet been performed.

Aim: The aim was to overcome the gap of knowledge to promote the further discussion and plan the implementationof the social security for all the seafarers.

Materials and methods: The seafarers completed a short questionnaire concerning their knowledge abouttheir social security status.

Results: The significant disparities in the social security coverage were pointed out among the nationalities.Especially it is worth mentioning that more than half of the respondents believe they are economicallyuncovered for disability from an injury on board and from a work-related disease.

Conclusions: The results confirm the ILO (Convention No. 143) statements that the significant part of theseafarers comes from the poorer countries without the substantial social security systems. The solutionssuggested are to implement the minimum requirements as recommended by the ILO 2006 Convention, tosurvey the implementation and — in the long term — to struggle for a global social equality.

Abstract

Background: The social security protection is one of the essential elements of decent work. The issue is complexand no previous epidemiological studies of the coverage among the seafarers have yet been performed.

Aim: The aim was to overcome the gap of knowledge to promote the further discussion and plan the implementationof the social security for all the seafarers.

Materials and methods: The seafarers completed a short questionnaire concerning their knowledge abouttheir social security status.

Results: The significant disparities in the social security coverage were pointed out among the nationalities.Especially it is worth mentioning that more than half of the respondents believe they are economicallyuncovered for disability from an injury on board and from a work-related disease.

Conclusions: The results confirm the ILO (Convention No. 143) statements that the significant part of theseafarers comes from the poorer countries without the substantial social security systems. The solutionssuggested are to implement the minimum requirements as recommended by the ILO 2006 Convention, tosurvey the implementation and — in the long term — to struggle for a global social equality.

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Keywords

social security, insurance, seafaring, injury, health, occupational, epidemiology

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Title

Social security for seafarers globally

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 64, No 1 (2013)

Pages

30-35

Published online

2013-05-01

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2013;64(1):30-35.

Keywords

social security
insurance
seafaring
injury
health
occupational
epidemiology

Authors

Olaf C. Jensen
Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
Erik Haarløv
Rimsky Sucre
Agnes Flores
M. Luisa Canals

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