New Zealand Labour Letter - December, 2015

New Zealand Labour Letter - December, 2015

 

The online publication of the New Zealand Labour Letter is provided as a service to Labour by AIL of New Zealand Ltd. 

December 2015, Vol. 6 No. 12

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The Maritime Union urged Indonesia to crack down on abuse of its migrant fishery workers on boats owned by Korean and Taiwanese companies. Spokesman Victor Billot said the Indonesian government should clamp down on rogue recruitment agencies which he said were selling workers into slavery. "Unless there is some action on the other end of it, with Indonesia and all these [other] trading partners, we're still going to see those problems. We're still going to see people treated as sub-human,” he said. The Indonesian government recently reported that up to 61,000 Indonesians have been treated as “slaves” on foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters. A new law, supported by the Maritime Union, goes into effect in May 2016 which requires foreign-owned boats to be registered in New Zealand and comply with local labour laws. Billot also said the New Zealand government needs to put more resources into inspections and enforcement when the vessels came into port. "Really, we should be looking at 'New Zealandising' the fishing industry and ensuring that New Zealand workers — not just New Zealand flagged vessels — have got a chance to work in that industry on New Zealand rates of pay and conditions,” he said.

 

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