Goundar Shipping Accused of Exploiting Filipino Workers in Fiji

Nearly 20 Filipino workers have accused Goundar Shipping Ltd. of abusive treatment, including not paying their wages, claiming they were brought to Fiji on false promises by Goundar almost three years ago but ended up working in unsanitary, unsafe conditions seven days a week. They've claimed the company held back their passports and refused to get them tickets home after they raised concerns about their situation.

New Zealand's government is now monitoring Fiji's response to the allegations against one of the largest shipping companies in the country, and New Zealand unions have urged further pressure on Fijian authorities, including six trade unions in New Zealand - Aviation and Marine Engineers' Association, E Tū, First Union, Maritime Union of New Zealand, Merchant Service Guild Industrial Union of Workers and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.


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