Investigative journalist Karen Foshay of KCRW published a muli-media presentation this week, chronicling the plight of seafarers who work long hours, away from their families and far from home, for a pittance.

When the crew members become injured, these "foreign" (i., e., non-U.S.) ship employees are barred from filing suit in the U.S. against their U.S.-based employers. Instead, they are forced to resort to filing arbitration claims where their disputes are resolved by arbitrators (usually paid for by the shipping company), in contrast to a judge and jury. 

The situation is particularly unfair to Filipino crew members who have to agree to a scheduled compensation scheme where they are limited to small pay outs when they are seriously injured due to the negligence of their employers.

Take a minute and read or listen to the the articles and watch the introductory video below. 

Her two-part special is entitled  Troubled Waters – a private justice system leads to secrecy and mistreatment on the high seas.

The investigation has two parts: Part one is titled the Secret World of Arbitration: 

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/kcrw-investigates/troubled-waters-low-wages-on-the-high-seas/embed-player?autoplay=false

 

Watch the video below:  Troubled Waters: KCRW Investigates Exploitation on the High Seas. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vXUjyxEBEKg%3Frel%3D0

 

One Response to Arbitration on the High Seas

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