SEAFARER RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT POLICIES
1.1. Fundamental rights and principles
The company recognizes that seafarers are fully entitled to the following rights in accordance with international conventions, national laws, regulations and relevant agreements. IRIS THAUMAS is committed to operate its SRPS in an orderly manner that protects and promotes seafarers’ employment rights:
a) freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
b) the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
c) the effective abolition of child labour;
d) the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation;
e) the right to a safe and secure workplace that complies with safety standards;
f) the right to fair terms of employment;
g) the right to decent working and living conditions on-board ship; and
h) the right to health protection, medical care, welfare measures and other forms of social protection.
1.2. IRIS THAUMAS recruitment processes shall be is based on merit and qualifications of the seafarers and the company will not use any means, mechanisms or lists intended to prevent or deter seafarers from gaining employment (i.e. blacklisting) for which they are qualified.
1.3. IRIS THAUMAS will be transparent and honest when processing offers of employment and will not subject applicants to any exploitation with regards to offers of employment on particular ships or by particular companies.
1.4. IRIS THAUMAS will ensure that the seafarers are informed of their rights and duties under their employment agreement before signing and accepting any employment as well as any particular conditions and policies applicable to the job.
1.5. IRIS THAUMAS will ensure that seafarers have adequate time to examine their employment agreement before and after they have signed and for them to receive a copy of the agreement.
1.6. IRIS THAUMAS does currently not place seafarers on ships that fly the Flag of a State which has not ratified the MLC. Should IRIS THAUMAS do so in the future, then the company will ensure that seafarers are advised on possible problems of signing on such a ship.
1.7. IRIS THAUMAS will clearly publicize possible costs which the seafarer will be expected to bear in the recruitment process, if any.
1.8. IRIS THAUMAS will not charge any fees or other charges to a seafarer for providing employment, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate, the national seafarer’s book and a passport or other similar personal travel documents, not including, however, the cost of visas, which shall be borne by the shipowner.
1.9. In any cases of incompetence or indiscipline involving seafarers placed by IRIS THAUMAS, the company will act in accordance with the principles of natural justice, enforce best practices in just, fair treatment, no-blame culture as well as best practices in managing people, grievances processes and issues escalation management and such matters shall be dealt with consistent with national laws and practices and, where applicable, with collective agreements.