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ITF arrests ship to aid abandoned crew

31 March 2017

The ITF has moved to arrest the Indian-owned and -flagged Malaviya Seven whose crew were left effectively abandoned in Aberdeen, Scotland after the authorities detained the vessel on five grounds, including non-payment of wages. 

The non-payment of wages for 15 Indian crew members came to light during an ITF inspection of the ship last June. The ITF has also been aiding the crew of a sister ship – the Malaviya Twenty – whose crew were left in a similar plight in the English port of Great Yarmouth. Following ITF intervention, this crew received all their owed wages and have now been repatriated to India.

Liam Wilson, ITF inspector for Scotland, explained that the ITF had been helping the crew stranded in Aberdeen through providing basic needs, such as food and water, while working to recover their back pay. He thanked the local community and seafarers’ welfare organisations for their support. The ITF has now moved to arrest the ship so that it can be sold, with the money raised used to pay the crew members the wages they are owed, which now total USD666,938.

PROBLEMS WITH PAY?

Are you having problems with getting your pay in full? If you are, this could be a sign that your company is in economic trouble. You should contact your union or the ITF directly as soon as possible to protect your wages and employment. 

 




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