Seven Egyptian sailors have succeed in their strike and an industrial dispute has come to an end in Port Kembla , The strike started about a week ago when 11 crew refused to continue sailing with the company, Egyptian-owned National Navigation Co.
Four men took the opportunity to fly home after the company offered plane tickets, the remaining seven told the company they wouldn’t be going anywhere without full wages as it had been halved.
Sailors told Australian International Transport Workers’ Federation representatives they had been prohibited from accessing food and water between 7pm and 7am daily
Maritime Union of Australia branch secretary Gary Keane, who helped broker the deal between the Wadi Alkarm’s captain and its crew, said it was a great result.
“We’re happy enough to have had the resolution, on the industrial side of it, that we set out to do,” Mr Keane said.
Following industrial action, crew members complained company officials had been in contact with family members in Egypt and had made threats.