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.
The ports of Auckland in New Zealand could be declared the first ever port of convenience if management does not put a stop to its savage attack on union rights, according to the International Transport Workers Federation.
The Maritime Union says that the responsibility for the Rena disaster lies with Government and authorities as much as with individual crew members.
The announcement of a ministerial inquiry into foreign fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters is long overdue.
New Zealand maritime workers will be going up the gangway this week to check out ships flying “flags of convenience” and ensure that crew conditions, wages, and health and safety standards are up to scratch.
The New Zealand affiliates of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met today to discuss their concerns with the arrival of KiwiRail’s new locomotives in the country.