Secrecy on pay, conditions on foreign ship

INTERNATIONAL Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) national co-ordinator Dean Summers has accused Australian company Pacific Aluminium of direct responsibility for chartering a vessel that does not have an ITF agreement to protect seafarers' most basic rights.

The Australian-crewed CSL Melbourne has been replaced by the flag of convenience ship Skyfall, registered in Liberia and operated by Greek company Prime Bulk Ship Management to carry domestic product between Gladstone and Newcastle.

"Pacific Aluminium has made a conscious decision to charter a Liberian ship whose owner refuses to sign on to minimum international standards ... it's top secret how much the entire Filipino crew are getting paid and what their work conditions are," Mr Summers said.

The Turnbull government has granted Pacific Aluminium a licence to replace Australian workers with foreign labour for 30 trips.

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