Another protest against foreign crews is underway in Australia. Seafarers from the CSL Melbourne have refused to depart for Singapore as they fight changing cabotage laws. The crew are the second ship this year to fight back at likely redundancies, following on from the Portland. The seafarers of the bulker were pictured on deck in Newcastle wearing tshirts stating they had been “Sacked for being Australian”.
The crew of the Canada Steamship Lines vessel will be replaced in Singapore with foreign seafarers.
Canberra has awarded a special licence to allow the charterer of the Pacific Aluminium to use a foreign vessel on the route.
“We feel compelled to make a statement at this critical time for Australian shipping,” the crew said in a joint statement. “Amongst us there is many, many years of years of seagoing experience thrown on the scrap heap and replaced by a cheap, highly exploited foreign crew. We demand that the Turnbull government cancel the ‘temporary licences’ that do away with our jobs.”
CSL Australia, the Australian operating arm of the Canadian line, said it had decided to reassign the CSL Melbourne to international trades.