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Capitalism at its finest! This is so disappointing!

 

Union accuses Maersk of exploiting workers

 

Updated Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:04pm AEDT

r434241_2083748.jpg The AWU claims Filipino workers are being paid less than $3 an hour on the North West shelf (ABC Rural)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Australian Workers Union has accused a Danish company of trafficking Filipino employees to work on Western Australia's North West Shelf gas project.

The AWU says the workers are carrying out painting and maintenance work on one of shipping company Maersk's oil rig vessels for less than $3 an hour. :mad:

The union's Scott McDine says delegates have also found the workers have not been officially recognised by Australian authorities.

"They were shocked to see these workers do not have their presence in Australia stamped into their passports, even though they come in and out of Australian waters," he said.

"They are being trafficked; if they don't exist as far as Australian passport authorities are concerned, it is extremely easy to mistreat them."

Mr McDine says the Government needs to take action.

"We want to see them shut down the rorters and deliver a fair, transparent guest worker program," he said.

"The AWU/MUA Offshore Alliance was approached by the Filipino workers, many of whom are scared of retribution against them and their families back in the Philippines and they were quite simply asking for the union to protect them and provide them with support."

Both Maersk and the Immigration Department have been contacted for comment.

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Capitalism at its finest! This is so disappointing!

 

Union accuses Maersk of exploiting workers

 

Updated Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:04pm AEDT

r434241_2083748.jpg The AWU claims Filipino workers are being paid less than $3 an hour on the North West shelf (ABC Rural)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Australian Workers Union has accused a Danish company of trafficking Filipino employees to work on Western Australia's North West Shelf gas project.

The AWU says the workers are carrying out painting and maintenance work on one of shipping company Maersk's oil rig vessels for less than $3 an hour. :mad:

The union's Scott McDine says delegates have also found the workers have not been officially recognised by Australian authorities.

"They were shocked to see these workers do not have their presence in Australia stamped into their passports, even though they come in and out of Australian waters," he said.

"They are being trafficked; if they don't exist as far as Australian passport authorities are concerned, it is extremely easy to mistreat them."

Mr McDine says the Government needs to take action.

"We want to see them shut down the rorters and deliver a fair, transparent guest worker program," he said.

"The AWU/MUA Offshore Alliance was approached by the Filipino workers, many of whom are scared of retribution against them and their families back in the Philippines and they were quite simply asking for the union to protect them and provide them with support."

Both Maersk and the Immigration Department have been contacted for comment.

 

Unfortunately Susie this is a sign of the times, I fear the governmental departments who should be looking into this will deny all knowledge that it has been going on for some time,:mad:.

 

As 'Human' beings they are being treated no better than cheap labour, and more to the point, in the twenty-first century SLAVE LABOUR. Maersk need to be well and truly punished for their actions, BUT, yet again big business and profit 'may' be put before human rights.

 

But I fear once again that as with many other parts of the world this will be overlooked by far too many people,:policeman:.

 

It's a great shame that those who truly need our help and protection in the world we find ourselves in are often the most persecuted and 'justice' rarely afforded them.

 

Cheers Tony.:wink:

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I totally agree with you Tony and I feel very ashamed.

 

I had my suspicions when I noticed in Karratha that the Filipinos were purchasing "dog bones" for their meals !

 

Abject poverty was prevalent despite the fact that Karratha is a booming mining town.

 

I often remarked to my husband that I wasnt comfortable about the standard of living of these good people!

I have many questions regarding the health of these people, the health factor of the Australians & legal workers they are working alongside.

H & S factors vis a vis language skills seeing many prospective English speaking applicants are made to sit a language test!

 

It's very disappointing to see DIAC are making people go through so many hurdles, at great expense, yet until now no statement has been made in the House about something so immoral!

 

I cant stand the man but I am so surprised Tony Abbott hasnt leapt out of his speedos on this one!

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