On 22 March 2023, the Government of Iraq deposited with the International Labour Organization the instruments of ratification of the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102) and the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006). Iraq is the 64th member State to have ratified Convention No. 102 and the 102nd member State to have ratified the MLC, 2006.
The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, Mr Ahmed Jasim Al-Asadi, when depositing the instrument of ratification, declared “The ratification of Convention No. 102 by Iraq emphasizes its commitment to enshrining social security as an inherent right and to reforming national legislation and regulations to strengthen legal protection and safeguards for workers and improve the business environment. By ratifying the MLC, 2006, the most modern and comprehensive ILO maritime standard, our Government reiterates its engagement to defend seafarers’ rights and ensure a level-playing field for shipowners”.
Receiving the instruments of ratification, Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of the ILO, stated that: “By ratifying this key Convention No. 102, Iraq recognizes the central importance of this instrument for the implementation of comprehensive social security systems based on internationally agreed principles and minimum levels of protection.” He added “I welcome the ratification of the MLC, 2006 which will contribute to improving the regulatory framework of the maritime sector in Iraq and clearly demonstrates the Government’s commitment towards enhancing decent working and living conditions for seafarers both at the national and regional levels.”