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Malaviya 20 crew head home with all their pay

24 February 2017

Twelve crew members of the Indian-owned and -flagged Malaviya 20, left stranded and unpaid in Greta Yarmouth, England, have finally headed home with all their back pay, following support from the ITF.

The seafarers had been effectively abandoned by the ship’s owners since last June, as had the crew members of a sister ship, Malaviya Seven, in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The seafarers’ plight was revealed during routine ITF inspections of the ships, which were then detained by the authorities for non-payment of crew and other deficiencies. Although the owners initially paid some back wages and some of the crew of the Malaviya 20 were repatriated, it then failed to pay anything further, and the ITF had the ship arrested on the crew’s behalf. Following the ITF’s intervention, the bank that now owns Malaviya 20 agreed to pay all the wages owed to the current and previous crew.

ITF inspector Paul Keenan reported that: “In all, USD689,679 was paid to a total of 33 crew who were owed wages dating back to October 2015.”
He explained that their abandonment in the UK had caused hardship for their families and communities; he paid tribute to the crew members and the support of the local community, port chaplain and authorities in achieving the success.

The ITF is now moving to arrest the Malaviya Seven on behalf of the crew who remain stranded in Aberdeen, so that they too can secure their back wages and tickets home.
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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