Action Needed on Fishing Charter Vessels
The CTU says action is needed to address the huge problems from the use of foreign charter vessels for deepwater fishing
of New Zealand quota.
The CTU will make its submission today to the Ministerial Inquiry into Foreign Charter Vessels.
Peter Conway, CTU Secretary, said that "there are highly disturbing reports about the conditions of work for crew on
these vessels, and instead of the value of the quota resulting in decent jobs for New Zealanders, we have a system that
relies on cheap foreign labour and off-shore processing."
Peter Conway said "the Rena oil spill does not involve a fishing vessel but many of the issues are the same - flag of
convenience vessels, cheap foreign labour, and poor standards of regulation."
The CTU submission has made strong recommendations to the Inquiry including: establishing a chain of responsibility
which links the holders of fishing quota to the working conditions on charter vessels; observers on such vessels at all
times; higher pay rates for crew; investment in training and industry development so that there are more jobs for Kiwis
in the industry, and; phasing out foreign charter vessels.
Linked here ( Summary_of_NZCTU_Recommendations_to_Ministerial_Inquiry_into_Foreign_Charter_Vessels.doc
) is a summary of NZCTU recommendations. The CTU will present at 2.15 pm on Monday 17th October at the Grand Chancellor
Meeting Room, Hotel Grand Chancellor James Cook, 147 The Terrace, Wellington.