The longstanding dissatisfaction over mackerel continues to be a highly sensitive issue as anger has erupted yet again. A Faroese vessel landing in Skagen was reported to have misreported amounts of mackerel mixed in with its cargo of blue whiting and Shetland fishermen have responded with anger.
Icelandic seafood company Icelandic Group has come under the spotlight for its alleged attempts to circumvent new UK minimum wage requirements by reducing overtime rates.
Trade unions from UK, Norway, Italy, Denmark and Belgium picketed and distributed leaflets at the gates of the Seafood Expo Global to support fish workers campaigns in Philippines, Indonesia and Morocco and to call the industry to clean up human rights violations.
Union leaders and members dismissed by Philippines tuna company more than two years ago. They continue to press for their rights and have now been have been able to get healthcare cover for themselves and their families, replacing the cover that was lost with their jobs.
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has taken over as Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture in the Icelandic government’s reshuffle following the revelation that prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson had been implicated in undeclared ownership of an offshore company together with his wife.
Iceland’s Seamen’s Union yesterday voted to prepare for strike action, while also passing a motion in favour of making every effort to reach an agreement with vessel owners.