According to “the Australian”, the shipping companies that transfer goods from the one Australian port to the other, they will transfer the wage cost of their crew to the Australian companies and consumers.
This also has to do with the Greek shipping companies that transport a great part of the Australian products.
According to the legislation for the labor relations, the ship owners have to pay their crew in accordance with the wage set by the government for the Australian deckhands, even if it comes to chartered ships of foreign companies.
In Australia, it is very common to charter ships under foreign flags for transferring goods in the interior of the country as an “occasional load” during a major trip, with a different departure point and destination, out of Australia.
According to the article, the shipping of containers by foreign companies in the interior is cheaper until now, because of the lower wage cost. The possible loss of work positions due to the increased cost for the producing companies that should run the ship-owners’ costs, it is also underlined.
A representative of the Board of Trade said that the government works on modifications in order for the foreign crews working in ships that transfer “occasional” Australian loads, not to participate in the wage rank.
The Shipping Australia asks for exceptions for the domestic loads in trips linked to the international trade.