The following is from an official document to provide our musicians with guidance about potential employment protection.
"Please read the draft Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA), click here to read and understand it to be similar to that which should be offered to you when engaged in cruise ship employment. It encompasses as far as possible the cruise company obligations to you under MLC 2006. It is a good example, as there is not a standard, SEA.
SEA’s are required to comply with current applicable national laws and regulations and should include any Collective Bargaining Agreement that may apply to them. Together they should not be less favourable than the minimum standards of MLC.
MLC gives the Musician the right of sufficient time to study the content before and after signing a SEA with the Client. You should also receive a copy of the document.
Further general advice is recorded below and it is recommended that you satisfy yourself of these items at or subsequent to the interview/s.
You should be sure that all sections of the SEA are completed and acceptable to you.
Where a cruise company does not need to comply with MLC or flies the flag of a country which has not ratified MLC you should ensure you are happy with the SEA offered.Click here to see flag states that have currently ratified MLC 2006.
Cruising Island Musicians LLC will make sure, as far as practicable, that the Client is financially able to fulfill his obligations to you, you should try to determine that you are similarly satisfied.
That you have adequate personal insurance cover provided for you by the Client during the period of your employment.
You should not be subject to exploitation by Cruising Island Musicians or its Clients.Therefore:
Cruising Island Musicians LLC will not charge musicians any direct or ‘hidden’ costs before, during or after, the process of registration through to placement.
Cruising Island Musicians LLC will assist next of kin or concerned family members with any advice and guidance they can. In so doing and if necessary, they will first try to verify that the credibility of the relationship is genuine and for example will try to advise the Musician of the concerns and pass over contact details of the family member to the engaged Musician, (rather than vice versa, for the potential protection of the personal details of the musician). To this end, Musicians will be required to maintain up to date records of their own personal contact details, for use by Cruising Island Musicians.
It is illegal to engage a person less than 18 years of age on a cruise ship. Cruising Island Musicians LLC will not therefore nominate such individuals to our Clients.
Should you have any complaint or grievance, whilst employed on a cruise ship, following placement by Cruising Island Musicians LLC, you are guided to follow the complaints procedure outlined onboard. For any unresolved complaints that you wish to bring to the attention of the MCA, you can contact them either on firstname.lastname@example.org, postal address: 105 Commercial Rd, Southampton, SO15 1EG
Should you have a complaint or grievance concerning the conduct of Cruising Island Musicians LLC during the employment process, it should be brought to our attention promptly and in writing. It will be documented and as far as possible all efforts will be made to resolve the issue/s. If this is finally unresolved we will bring it to the attention of the appropriate representative of the ‘flag state’. Cruising Island Musicians LLC is not responsible for any damages resulting from the actions taken by us, or a competent authority, to resolve the complaint.
Cruising Island Musicians LLC provide details of our emergency contact details on our website, specifically the mobile number of one of our on call managing partners.
Cruising Island Musicians LLC, are contracted to provide suitably qualified individuals to our Clients.If hired you will need to provide your employer or their representatives with your full qualifications, certificates of training and medical document together with any other paperwork they may reasonably request"