1 Nov 2011

Move to put observers on foreign vessels welcomed

7:15 am on 1 November 2011

The Council of Trade Unions' Maori arm is welcoming plans by Sealord to employ observers aboard its foreign charter vessels.

Sealord, which is half-owned by Aotearoa Fisheries, runs three Ukranian boats.

The use of foreign charter vessels is being investigated following allegations of mental, physical and sexual abuse aboard some ships operating in New Zealand waters.

From 1 November, Sealord will have at least one New Zealand-based employee on board foreign charter vessels for the duration of the voyage.

The Council of Trade Unions' vice-president for Maori, Syd Keepa, says this is long overdue.

He says Sealord should also be investing time and money in young Maori, so that they can run a foreign charter vessel.