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Regulatory enforcement of labour standards in an outsourcing globalized industry: the case of the shipping industry

Bloor, Michael John and Sampson, Helen ORCID: 2009. Regulatory enforcement of labour standards in an outsourcing globalized industry: the case of the shipping industry. Work Employment & Society 23 (4) , pp. 711-726. 10.1177/0950017009344915

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Ship operators have largely contracted out the supply of seafarer labour to crewing agencies recruiting in developing world countries. This case study reports on the quality of seafarer training and on the local enforcement of international training standards in a developing country which has become a major supplier of outsourced seafarer labour. Maritime education and training institutions (METs) cannot compete freely to supply quality training at competitive prices because of the market-fixing activities of the crewing agencies who demand kickbacks from the METs. Other pressures on training quality include the existence of papermill METs (issuing certificates without training) and a developed market in forged cer tificates. This poses a considerable challenge for the national institutions charged with overseeing examinations and inspecting METs.The struggle to achieve effective governance of the training of outsourced labour in the shipping industry may arguably be viewed as a critical case for other globalizing industries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: globalization; governance; outsourcing; seafaring; training standards
Publisher: BSA Publications
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:48

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