Nigerian seafarers at crossroads over wages

As seafarers across the world continue to press for increased salaries to improve their standard of living, their Nigerian members are still at the mercy of shipowners. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Next year, a new minimum wage would be recommended for all able seafarers working on board ships across the world in order to improve their welfare. Currently, the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s minimum wages for seamen is $1,078 for steward, while a master receives $6,633 monthly. However, majority of seamen in Nigeria may not benefit from the new salaries and…

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