Two Korean fishing companies operating off New Zealand are being taken to a court in that country by over 200 Indonesian sailors working for them for unpaid wages and being subjected to harsh working conditions.
These sailors are suing Dong Won Fisheries and Dong Nam for nearly USD 14 million in unpaid wages, the Korea Times reported.
Last month, the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) in New Zealand determined that a branch of the High Court should hear a claim filed by former sailors on Dong Nam vessels.
In the claim, 87 Indonesians say the company failed to keep accurate time records and that they were on-call for 24 hours a day, seven days a week without proper compensation.
However, Dong Nam has denied the allegations and expressed willingness to negotiate with "one or two" sailors who may not have been paid for overtime, but denied ...
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