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Discriminating against Υour Own Nationals: The Peculiar Case of New Zealand Seafarers

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues across many countries, thousands of people have been able to regain a sense of normality in their daily life and employment. This has not always been the case for the thousands of seafarers who continue to face serious challenges as a result of the ongoing crew change crisis. While the numerous hardships seafarers have faced because of the Covid-19 restrictions are now well-documented (Doumbia-Henry, 2020; Klein, 2020, Galani, 2021), one case which particularly stands out for all the wrong reasons and justifies special attention, is the case of New Zealand. New Zealand has seemingly sought to facilitate the transfer of seafarers, but its measures suffer serious flaws that have left New Zealand seafarers working internationally without any legal protection. This blog will briefly discuss the relevant New Zealand legislation and explain why it falls short of international labour and human rights standards. The aim of this blog is to shed light on the impact of the exclusion of New Zealand seafarers from the…

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The ESCR Revolution Continues: ILO Convention No. 190 on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

On 21 June 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the landmark ILO Convention No. 190 (Convention concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work).  The labour standards set in this Convention were negotiated over a two year period by ILO member governments, workers' representatives, and employers' organizations. The adoption of Convention…

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The Renegotiated “NAFTA”: What Is In It for Labor Rights?

On 1 October 2018, the draft text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (Draft USMCA), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)’s successor, was published on the official website of the United States Trade Representative. The Agreement has still some way to go though, including extensive legal ‘scrubbing’ by national authorities and, most importantly, approval by the corresponding national legislatures,…

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