More claims of abuse at sea

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 06:32 20/02/2013

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Fourteen Indonesian fishermen who claim they were abused at sea are still holed up in Timaru.

The 14 crew from the chartered fishing boat Pacinui jumped ship last Wednesday.

It followed a walkoff by 21 Sur Este 707 crew members in Timaru the week before.

Both groups say they have been intimidated and cheated by their bosses, and launched claims for wages and bond money.

Nelson lawyer Peter Dawson is acting for both groups and says the Timaru crew is still waiting for Sanford Ltd to provide him with claim calculations.

The Pacinui is registered in South Korea and chartered by Sanford.

"We're waiting to see if those figures are consistent with New Zealand law," Mr Dawson said.

Sanford managing director Eric Barratt would not comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, negotiations are near an end for the 21 crew members who left the Sur Este 707 and have been waiting in Christchurch.

They are seeking the return of bond money they paid to secure employment plus two months' salary held by Korean agents.

Mr Dawson said all but three of them were keen to go home and the crew still had not been paid the two months' salary held by Korean agents.

Sur Este 707 is owned by South Korean company Dong Nam Company Ltd and chartered by Timaru company South East Resources.

Company director Murray Williamson would not comment on the matter.

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