The Transport and Infrastructure Ministry will establish minimum wages for seafarers to ensure that they are well remunerated, Principal Secretary Prof Paul Maringa has said Tuesday.
Prof Maringa noted that Kenyan seafarers were paid low salaries compared to their international counterparts, saying it was largely because the government had not set their minimum pay.
“In close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, we are seeking to establish a wage standard and regulations minimum for Kenyan seafarers. All this will enable us meet our obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 that sets the minimum working and living standards for all seafarers,” he said.
“This further seeks to set fair competition and a level-playing field for quality owners of ships flying the flags of countries that have ratified the convention,” he added.