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15 Jul 2011


Indonesian crew members suffered 'months of abuse' [New Zealand]

Indonesian crew members who worked on fishing boats on New Zealand waters say they faced months of abuse and were called names like "monkey" and "pigs"…[T]he Fisheries Ministry…launched a high level inquiry into the conditions of foreign fishing crews working in New Zealand. It follows allegations foreign fishermen worked in poor safety and working conditions…The issue came to a head when three Indonesian crew members were killed after the Korean-registered fishing ship Oyang 70 capsized and sank...last year...One...fisherm[an]…[said] they faced months of abuse and have not been paid properly. "Every single day they're calling us names such as monkey…pigs"…Another fishermen…said he was whacked behind his head."…Southern Storm Fishing, the fishing company the men worked for, says the claims are "unsubstantiated and unfounded" and "Southern Storm Fishing has been the subject of an orchestrated campaign against it". Southern Storm Fishing…said it welcomed the Inquiry…