Filipinos on Cruise Ships: Lost at Sea?

Yesterday, investigative journalist Lizzie Presser's article about the plight of crew members from the Philippines working on cruise ships was published. Titled Below Deck - Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t, the article follows the lives of several young Filipino men who went to sea for Miami-based cruise lines in order to provide a better life for their families. But when they were injured after working unreasonably long hours (12 hours a day for as long as 10 months without a break), the crew members found that they had no real legal rights to hold their employers responsible. 

Carnival Imagination - Filipino Crew Members This is an issue which I have written about regularly over the years, explaining the legal problems Filipinos face while working on cruise ships owned by companies like Carnival and Royal Caribbean:

Filipino Labor Board Punishes Burned Crew Member.

Screwing Filipinos & Imprisoning Lawyers: Seafarers "Protection Act" Protects Cruise Line Employers.

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ASAP - February 7, 2017 6:16 PM

Henri Starks says,"As long as the PINOY government continues its POLICY of allowing the subjugation and exploitation of pinoy seaman. It will continue unashamed, unabashed, unafraid of of penalty"
I 100 percent agree with this, because personally I experienced this along with more than 300 more Filipino crewmembers. Actual working hours was being edited onboard for them not pay crew over time, hilarious right. Even guaranteed OT was clearly mentioned 105 hrs. per month through POEA contract was being test by this famous cruise lines by putting 130 hrs. and its clearly mentioned on payslip. 25 hrs. is clearly the excess of 105 hours quaranteed OT per month.
Unfortunately, POEA act nothing. I just wish that real justice for seafarers needs to be prioritized by the Philippine government through legislation, making laws to assist seafarers not the agency or the cruise line company. Personally, I would rather resign and not to go back again to work to this industry because I am a victim of exploitation. My first one is with Holland America the company didn't inform the crew that we will gonna have charter cruise a nude cruise, HAL management didn't advise crew member that we will gonna have this, then February 14 occur in the Nieuw Amsterdam, an American passengers was almost being killed by a crewmember. I was there I know of course what happen and personally HAL, 100 percent responsible why, they didn't even give the crewmember a notice regarding this nude cruise, what to expect, what to do just in case.. Poor Crewmember was being taken by FBI, held being liable my question how about HAL?
Finally, I found out that owner the owner of this luxury line for my second job also worked before to HAL office. Haha now, i know why.. kidding aside. I always believe in Karma.. why see what happen to HAL.. Peace! Mr. Cruise este Kruise.

David - February 9, 2017 11:54 AM

ASAP,

Your message makes almost zero sense.

How do you believe that a Philippine government agency has any say over how the cruise lines do business?

What do you expect the POEA, or any branch of the Philippine government, to actually be able to do to make Philippine seafarers working conditions better?

If you don't like where you work, quit.

Pretty simple.

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