QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The foreign-owned ship, the MV Kouyou
was released from detention by Transport Canada over the weekend in the
port of Quebec City. The vessel was detained under the new Maritime
Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which came into force in August.
The release came only after all deficiencies were resolved and a plan
put in place by the flag state of Panama that would provide a measure
of future guarantee against the wage and contract violations found on
board the vessel and by its Japanese owner Doun Kisen.
International Transport Workers Federation-Unifor Inspector Gerard
Bradbury said all back wages were paid late Friday evening. The crew
was paid $51,500 in owed monies which included some $6,600 paid by crew
members in recruitment or placement fees to agents in Myanmar and
Bradbury also said that five crew members who wanted to go home from
Quebec City departed from Montreal late Friday evening thanks to
Patrice Caron and the Seafarers International Union who made sure that
their safe departure from Montreal took place smoothly. Caron also said
that the Transport Canada detention made the back pay claim move
quickly and effectively.
Bradbury said that he was extremely pleased that Canada has been the
first to detain a ship under the MLC. "Canada's recognition of the
importance of these new rules meant that our country will not be an
entry port for greater exploitation," said Bradbury. "Workers aboard
the vessel were badly treated, and could have been cheated many months
of much needed income. Seafarers often work under difficult conditions,
far from home for months on end."
Transport Canada inspectors enforced the International Labour
Organization convention (ILO), agreed to by the world's shipping
nations and member states of the ILO.
Unifor is the new Canadian national union created by the joining
together of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union this past Labour Day weekend. Unifor
represents 300,000 members in 20 different economic sectors.
SOURCE: Unifor the union
For further information:
ITF Inspector Gerard Bradbury 902-441-2195
ITF Canadian Coordinator Peter Lahay 604-418-0345