IMPORTANT NOTE 2) If you are hired under a Norwegian collective agreement, you may be required to pay a bargaining tax. The automatic deduction of these fees does NOT mean that you are a member of the NMOA. In order to participate in all the benefits of membership, you must complete an application form. If you want to become a member, you pay a union tax instead of the fee. Most of the sailors are Filipinos and Indonesians. „We told them that the SUR, the Philippine Naval Union (AMOSUP) and the Indonesian Sailors` Union signed a cooperation agreement and we would certainly inform them of the inspection of Nakhodka, says Nikolai Snov. Non-Norwegian nautical officers are welcome as members of the Norwegian Maritime Officers Association (NMOA) when working on a Norwegian-flagged vessel, subject to the same legal rights and obligations as Norwegian officers – recruited under a Norwegian collective agreement between NMOA and a Norwegian shipping association. All NMOA members employed on Norwegian ships are part of a collective agreement. These agreements are negotiated every two years and guarantee decent wages and a large number of social and economic benefits. Through individual membership, officers also contribute to ensuring the influence of NMOAs on national and international shipping and seafaring forums. Benefits of Members: Ships flying flags of convenience are frequent visitors to the port of Nakhodka. But few of them have the ITF collective agreement, which guarantees the social rights and workers of seafarers. Following inspections, representatives of the SUR Far East Regional Organization (SUR FERO) found no collective agreements on board the three ships Ionnis Theo (Marshall Islands Pavilion, IMO9565170), Superior (Liberian Pavilion, IMO9553220) and Venus Geopark (Panama Pavilion, IMO9672789).
Ionnis Theo and Superior are controlled by Greek companies and an owner of the Venus geopark is a Japanese company. The sailors` union warned the crews of the risks of the flag of convenience (FOC) and its representatives carried out protests against the use of C.C.C. by shipowners. Sailors` contracts and insurance certificates according to MLC-2006 were issued only on M/V Superior. But the masters of two other vessels could not give an answer on the amount of crew insurance. A large number of marine burrows from around the world working on a Norwegian-controlled vessel are covered by an International Collective Agreement (CBA). NMOA supports several international seafarers` unions in CBSA negotiations to ensure decent wages and working conditions for all sailors aboard Norwegian vessels. International CBAs are negotiated every two or four years. The largest CBA includes members of the Associated Marine Officers` – Seamen`s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP.) The CBA for members of AMOSUP and other Asian seafarers` unions is managed by the Norwegian and Asian Sailors Committee (NASCO). For Eastern European sailors, the CBAs are coordinated by SCOCEEN, a maritime committee from Central, Eastern and Norwegian Europe. Work on CBAs is funded by shipowners, who are required to pay a fee per sailor covered by the CBA.
This includes a fund that benefits both international sailors and NMOAs members. An international KBA and your employment contract define your rights as collaborators on board a Norwegian ship. It regulates your wages, working hours, sickness benefits as well as other regulations that the company or the armatorial association has imposed with regard to your conditions of employment. NOTE: Seafarers covered by international CFAs are not entitled to membership in NMOA or other Norwegian maritime communities and are therefore not required to pay union dues.