Inspection on ships to check out ships flying flags of convenience and the conditions for seafarers
Members of the Maritime Union of New Zealand have been inspecting ships in the countrys main ports as part of an ITF week of action to check out ships flying flags of convenience and the conditions for seafarers not yet covered by ITF agreements.
The week, which ended on 3 June, saw maritime workers board vessels to ensure that crew conditions, wages, and health and safety standards were up to scratch.
The unions general secretary, Joe Fleetwood, said there had been a number of serious incidents on overseas vessels, including FOC vessels, in New Zealand ports and in and around New Zealand waters in recent years.
“We have had ongoing incidents ranging from underpayment of wages, failure for crews to be returned home at the end of their contracts, mistreatment and abuse, all the way up to serious injuries and deaths, and the sinking of vessels.”