NUSI is trying to take credit for work done by GSAI: Vaz


Alleging that the National Union  of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has failed to  serve  the members of their union  for the last many years and is now trying to take the credit for Indian CDC, the president of  the  Goa Seamen Association of India (GSAI), Mr Dixon Vaz   sought  intervention  of the Director  General of  Shipping, the appropriate authorities in the matter.
Addressing the media,  Mr Vaz  said that  GSAI has  been fighting  for Indian CDC  for the last  few years  as it  will be made mandatory as per the ILO for all cruise liners from 2014, adding “the NUSI is  trying to take credit for the work done by the GSAI.”
Sources said many seafarers  have  Liberian, Bahamian, Norwegian, Malta, Panamanian documents (CDC) but do not have Indian CDC due to stringent CDC guidelines
Mr Vaz stated that NUSI has suddenly shown interest in the passenger line employees and their interest would certainly have hidden agenda.
“They are trying to confuse the seafarers with their advertisements on the newspapers. On one side, they  denied the mandatory  collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which the company signs with the employees mentioning the detail benefits to the Merchant  Navy employees,”  he stated.
Mr Vaz informed that his association had submitted the memorandum to the Director General of  Shipping, NRI Commissioner, Shipping Ministry office, the concerned MPs and they got the positive response over the Indian CDC issue.
“We have been fighting for Indian CDC since  2010 and when  the issue  is likely to be resolved,  the NUSI is  trying to the take the credit,’’ he explained adding that NUSI should  first resolve their pending issue like that of  ex-gratia etc.
He appealed to the seafarers to  apply for Indian  CDC online and not through  NUSI as the  Director General of  Shipping  will be the only  official to give guidelines and  instructions.
On the other hand, the NUSI officials informed in its press note that in  recently held meeting  with the  Director General of  Shipping, NUSI emphatically presented the case.
“It was agreed that new guidelines will be issued by the Maritime Administration. We are pleased to inform you that the Maritime Administration has now issued new guidelines which will enable  many  eligible seafarers working on cruise and other merchant navy foreign flag ships to get the Indian seafarers document (CDC) to facilitate their employment prospects. The new entrants on cruise ships will also receive the CDCs.  There is no cut off date to receive the application.  The seafarers can also apply when they sign off from the ships,” the general secretary, Mr Abdulgani Y Serang stated. [NT]