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]