The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill today 31 July 2014 reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems.
The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to protect workers from exploitation and abuse.
The Maritime Union says the ratification of a new global fisheries agreement by the New Zealand Government is positive news, but New Zealand still has a long way to go to fix systemic problems in the fishing sector.
The New Zealand fishing industry is under the spotlight of a major international union campaign From Catcher to Counter.
The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the findings of a Coroner’s inquest into the sinking of the Oyang 70, released today, make appalling reading.
The Maritime Union says the fishing industry must provide well paid jobs for New Zealand workers rather than relying on overseas labour.
Heavy criticism of the use of overseas labour in the New Zealand fishing industry in a major US Government report is justified, and confirms how bad practices have become in the New Zealand maritime sector.
The Maritime Union has welcomed the Government’s announcement that foreign charter fishing vessels working in New Zealand waters will have to be reflagged under the New Zealand flag.