Ireland -Record settlement for ship crew -May 28, 2013

The Ukrainian and Russian crew of the mv Clipper Faith freighter, which stranded in Dublin since December 2012, were paid €314,160.62 in arrears of wages. The crew will now be able to return home. The arrears were secured by the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the amount is the largest ever secured for the crew of a merchant vessel in Ireland. The arrears had accumulated since 1 December with no sign of ever being paid. The mv Clipper Faith was arrested by the Netherlands Bank BV on 12 March 2012 in a dispute over mortgage repayments by Sea Management Woodford Green, the London based owner-operators of the Belize flagged vessel. The breakthrough came after a proposal by the ITF co-ordinator in Britain and Ireland, Ken Fleming of SIPTU, who agreed to seek an order from the High Court for appraisal and sale of the vessel if the bank released the vessel, guaranteed to pay the crew’s arrears and to pay for a replacement crew to take over within 21 days. In return the crew members agreed to subrogate their lien on the wages to the Bank.

English: http://www.siptu.ie/media/pressreleases2013/featurednews ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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