Belgium - Unions denounce poor working conditions on ship of the Blumenthal company - June 1, 2019

Trade unions under the guidance of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) took action in the Port of Ghent. ITF inspectors unsuccessfully tried to board the ship Pegasus to check the working and living conditions. The Blumenthal company employing some thousand persons on 50 ships is part of a bigger problem. The ITF estimates that more than one million people worldwide work under the non-regulated FOC system, which allows ship-owners to neglect national labour laws.

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