The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) announced Wednesday that all eighteen Romanian seamen engaged in a labor dispute with the ship-owner of a commercial ship stationed in Oshawa port (editor’s note – Ontario, Canada) are healthy and have received food provisions, but they do not wish to leave the ship until the dispute with their employer is resolved. According to the source cited by Mediafax, the Consulate General of Romania in Toronto was informed of the Romanian seamen’s case after a recent coverage by the Canadian press who claimed the workers are on strike due to unpaid wages. Representatives of the Romanian Consulate have taken measures both where the Oshawa Port Authority and the ship-owner are concerned to obtain additional information which could lead to a speedier resolution of the labor conflict, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says. We remind our readers that the first news of the Romanian sailors surfaced on the Huffington Post Canada website. The International Seamen Union of Canada has also stated that the Romanian crew and Russian captain have not been paid since April and supplies had been cut by the owner. The only known fact at the moment is that the ship-owner, located in Germany, has financial difficulties, and talks are being had with him to persuade him to pay the seamen and end the crisis.
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