The death of an Egyptian fishermen working on an Irish trawler highlights “continuing issues that need to be addressed by the fishing industry and Ireland’s statutory agencies” according to the International Transport Workers Federation representative for Britain and Ireland, Ken Fleming.
The death occurred earlier this week on the MFV Endurance off SW Ireland.
An Garda Síochána (the Irish Police) and the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) have launched investigations into the death.
Many migrant fishermen from North Africa, Eastern Europe and SE Asia working on Irish vessels and the fisheries Minister Simon Coveney had to step in last year after a furore over the wages and conditions. (Report here):
The news report alleged trafficking of fishermen and exploitative pay the Irish government has since moved to set minimum standards.
Irish Times report on the crewman’s death at this link:
Image: MFV Endurance entering port.
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch
Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.