2 Jul 2020

Samoan seafarers stranded in the Caribbean

From , 6:01 am on 2 July 2020

About 400 Samoan seafarers - mostly cruise ship workers - are stranded on several ships in the Caribbean, and want help from the New Zealand government to get them home.

The workers are currently employed on 17 different cruise liners - most of which are anchored off the Miami coast - which were all forced to stop operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

FIRST Union in New Zealand is helping their Samoan counterparts to try to get the workers home safely, and its President, Robert Reid, spoke to Sela Jane Hopgood.

Cruise shop

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