Australian Seafaring Industry Fears Low Cost, Foreign Workers

Another week and another case where governments and shipping companies are coming under fire for allowing cheap, foreign labour to continue eroding the local seafaring industry. Various industry and mainstream media have been watching the Australian maritime industry as local seafarers express major fears over how both employers and government are turning a blind eye…

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Pushing Seafarers Too Far on North Sea Oil Rigs

As the seafarers on Wood Group’s oil rig prepare to strike in response to increased redundancies, we take a look at how loyal workers are suffering as a result of industry pressures, and what can be done about it. As an organisation solely concerned with the rights of seafarers, Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) supports the…

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Concerns Over Recent Prestige Sentencing

This week, the industry has condemned the judgment made by the Spanish Supreme Court who have sentenced master, Apostolos Mangouras, to two years’ imprisonment, finding him criminally liable for damages to the environment after the Prestige oil tanker spilled thousands of tonnes of oil after sinking in 2002. Some are concerned that the acquittal granted…

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Criminalization Affecting Talks Between EU and India

The arguably unfair criminalization of crew and armed guards in the MV Seaman Guard Ohio case, is stalling talks between the EU and India according to to a report in the Hindu this week where MEP Geoffrey Van Orden referenced the situation in his update on progress. SRI strongly advocates the fair treatment of seafarers…

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