What are Crew member rights?
- You have the right to decent working terms and conditions. The ITF and its affiliated trade unions around the world reach agreements with cruise ship employers that lay down standards for working terms and conditions on board. The details vary between the agreements, but here are some typical standards:
• You are entitled to work and live in an environment free from harassment and bullying, whether sexually, racially or otherwise motivated
• Normal hours of duty are eight hours a day, Monday to Friday
• Overtime should be paid
• You should have 10 hours rest in any 24-hour period; and 77 hours in any seven-day period
• You should get seven days’ (minimum three) paid leave for each month of service
• At the end of your service, the company should cover the costs for you to get home
• If you are discharged owing to sickness or injury, you are entitled to medical treatment (including hospitalisation) at the company’s expense for as long as necessary
• If you are injured as a result of an accident on board you are entitled to sick pay and compensation
• If you get pregnant, you are entitled to at least 14 weeks’ maternity pay
• You have the right to join a trade unionThere are many more details in the actual union agreements. To find out more about the minimum terms and conditions that cruise ship crews should have, please see the model ITF agreements using the links on the right of this page. If your working rights are being violated – say, you haven’t received your wages or have been unfairly dismissed – you can contact an ITF inspector or local maritime trade union, using the link on the right of this page. To find out if there is a union agreement covering the cruise ship on which you work or hope to join, you can contact the ITF.