Labour standards

Nicaragua ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

Nicaragua is the second Central American country after Panama to ratify this landmark Convention

News | 20 December 2013
Today, the Government of Nicaragua deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). This brings to 54 the total number of ratifications received so far representing approximately 80 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships. Nicaragua is the second Central American country after Panama to ratify this landmark Convention.

In depositing the instrument of ratification, Mr Néstor Cruz Toruño, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva, stated: “The rights enshrined in this Convention are in conformity with the Constitution of Nicaragua that protects work as a means to satisfy social needs and a source of wealth for the country under conditions that ensure the fundamental rights of workers. By ratifying the MLC, 2006, Nicaragua aims at ensuring the protection of labour rights of more than 5,000 Nicaraguan seafarers, especially on the Caribbean coast”.

In receiving the instrument, Ms Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards Department stated: “I am delighted to see more countries spreading the word of the MLC, 2006 across the Caribbean and Central American region. Nicaragua’s ratification demonstrates its strong commitment to international labour standards in general, and the promotion of the global effort for improved working and living conditions of seafarers in particular. The Office remains prepared to offer every possible assistance to the Government and its social partners as they will be moving from ratification to the effective implementation of the Convention.”

The MLC, 2006 entered into force on 20 August 2013 for the first 30 member States that had registered their ratification by 20 August 2012. The Convention will enter into force for Nicaragua on 20 December 2014, that is one year after its ratification.

For more background information, please visit the dedicated MLC webpage at  /mlc.