Foreign crew aboard a detained ship in Tauranga have received interim payments totalling thousands of dollars after unions intervened following several months of serious problems.
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Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed.
The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping.
Maritime Union of NZ General Secretary, Joe Fleetwood, said today that the government is vandalising the New Zealand fishing industry with plans to contract out the fishing observers for fishing vessels.
The Maritime Union says it will raise the situation of the Oyang 75 fishery prosecutions when it appears before a hearing for the Government Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels in the New Zealand fishing industry.
The Maritime Union has renewed calls for inspection reports on the Rena to be made public and for clarification of what a Maritime New Zealand inspection involves.
The Maritime Union says that the responsibility for the Rena disaster lies with Government and authorities as much as with individual crew members.