ITF president weighs in on fisheries dispute
ITF president weighs in on multi-million dollar fisheries dispute as New Zealand Parliament delays action
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin has met with key stakeholders in Auckland about the ongoing campaign to secure NZD30 million in unpaid wages for fishers in the region.
The ITF has contributed to Slave Free Seas’ campaign to claim outstanding wages in the vicinity of NZD30 million through the New Zealand courts.
Mr Crumlin met with senior union representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, the Slave Free Seas advocacy group and the Merchant Service Guild as part of the Regional Maritime Federation meeting.
The Regional Maritime Federation brings together maritime unions from Australia, New Zealand and PNG to try to build trade union capacity in the region.
Mr Crumlin, who is also Maritime Union of Australia national secretary, said it was imperative that fisheries workers get better wages and conditions in an industry in which 24,000 people die across the world each year.
"Slave Free Seas acts on behalf of fishers where they have no representation and legal redress,” Mr Crumlin said.