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A victory in the naval battle. Now can there be an end to these deplorable conditions

See for yourself that you are to be transported to snøkrabbefiske from Indonesia to the cold north. The last stage in the winter, you are staying in a lagersku

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A victory in the naval battle. Now can there be an end to these deplorable conditions

See for yourself that you are to be transported to snøkrabbefiske from Indonesia to the cold north. The last stage in the winter, you are staying in a lagerskur on the deck. A thin metal plate separates you from the freezing weather. On the inside crawling with the with the bedbug and the bed you sleep on is actually a shelf for utstyrslagring. When it is time for food, defrosts you squid (bait to snøkrabbetegner) from the load to the meals on board.

This description is the last of the grotesque working conditions Dagbladet has revealed in the series about snøkrabbeflåten in the Barents sea.

Sailors stowed in lagerskur on deck

hard life at sea as a fisherman, is myteomspunnet. With a family full of hunters on his mother's side, I have even heard stories about a tough and dangerous, but also profitable life on the lake. It is probably one of the reasons that the fishermen have ended up as step siblings in the Norwegian labor market. The government has raised social dumping and arbeidslivskriminalitet up on the agenda the last few years, and introduced measures in a variety of industries.

Fishermen have been sailing their own sea.

The be an end on, after Dagbladet extensive disclosure. We have written about snøkrabbefiskere with 16-18-timersdager without rest days, and wages down to 4000-6000 dollars a month plus a card stock smoke. We have mapped the network of ownership and bemanningsbyråer where the responsibility pulveriseres. We have documented illegal contracts – and told stories about how the deaths and the deplorable conditions on board the boats dominates the lives of the people. Now næringsministeren taken grip.

Also Parliament has the added pressure after the revelations, which have committed additional. Norwegian trade and industry minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen has now imposed Sjøfartsdirektoratet to include the check of the working and living conditions for seafarers in their work in the future. The minister has added that in the allocation letter to the directorate, which was sent out this week. Until now, the controls are mainly concentrated on the ship's safety and technical condition. Seamen's union has helped Røe Isaksen to find a legal basis for this. A new convention from the international LO (ILO) has since 2017 given local authorities far greater opportunity to take action against foreign ships.

this the grip will be tightened, in practice, the requirements for an entire industry. It can be to stop a development that is going in the wrong direction. Experience indicates that social dumping also bring with them other serious problems. The social funds are often a symptom of other criminal activity, performed by the same actors. If the problems that first puts itself in an industry, they are tougher to come to life. Not only because the control work is difficult, but because the other, the serious part of the industry will be weakened or wiped out. It is also naive to believe that the practice of social dumping spills over on the Norwegian ships.

THE UNKNOWN HELL: Dagbladet reveals the everyday life on board in snøkrabbe-boats that operated from Swansea. Video: Øistein Norum Monsen and Gunnar Thorenfeldt. Etterarbeide: Per Ervland Read the case here: Show more

Dagbladet revelations , Sjømannsforbundets effort and ministerens follow-up can thus be of great importance. Not only for foreign sailors in Norwegian waters, but also for the Norwegian - that is depending on the serious operators in the industry to be able to compete. To preserve good jobs with decent conditions in an increasingly internationally interconnected market, is one of today's great challenges. If not undermines us confidence in both their own authorities, and the benefits of collaboration across borders.

Now all that remains that all follow up and ensure control of the sea actually being good enough.

Control of sjøfolks working conditions will be given priority
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