Australian jobs should not be replaced with exploited workers on as little as $2/hour
The ITF has evidence of shocking safety breaches on board another Flag of Convenience (FOC) ship berthed alongside Pacific Aluminium’s new foreign charter vessel in Newcastle.
Commenting on the raid on the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle yesterday, ITF seafarers’ section chair Dave Heindel said: “This raid was an error of truly national dimensions. The Australian government seems hell-bent on stripping away the very protections that make Australia the nation it is, and in doing so is becoming an international embarrassment in an industry seeking higher standards of governance and accountability.”
The Turnbull Government’s ideological attack on workers has taken a new twist today with more than a dozen police ordered onto the CSL Melbourne in Newcastle to remove five crew members protesting their sacking by Pacific Aluminium.
On January 13 this year, at 1am five crewmembers aboard the Alcoa-owned vessel – the MV Portland – were woken by up to 30 security guards and intimidated into leaving the vessel following a 60-day dispute.
The Australian company Pacific Aluminium is directly responsible for chartering a vessel that does not have an ITF agreement, protecting its Seafarers most basic rights.
The 16 Australian crew on board the CSL Melbourne have been locked out from accessing food in another attempt to get them to leave the ship.
We the crew of the CSL Melbourne are asking for genuine responses and commitments before we sail this vessel to Singapore where our jobs will be replaced by highly exploited workers on Flag of Convenience vessels.