3 Apr 2011

Audit of fishing industry wanted by union

1:22 pm on 3 April 2011

There is a call for an audit of the fishing industry, following a newspaper report of sweatshop conditions for foreign fishermen.

The Maritime Union says foreigners working in New Zealand waters are sometimes paid as little as $260 per month.

Some complain of being beaten and the union says there have been a number of drownings, sinkings and other accidents.

General secretary Joe Fleetwood says it is time the industry was examined.

The union wants a full audit of the whole industry and all the players in it.

It is also calling for stronger health and safety rules and regulations within the fishing industry.