Groups of Moroccan seafarerswere left stranded in ports in France and Spain after the company they were working for fell into financial difficulties. They were left with insufficient supplies of food and fuel and were living generally in substandard conditions. The ITF launched a solidarity appeal in a bid to get the Moroccan government to take some action in support of the seafarers. Seafarers and dockers in some Moroccan ports showed their solidarity by taking strike action.
After six months stranded, the last of the seafarers were finally repatriated in July 2012 back to Morocco from Spain. The fight to ensure they were payed the back wages owed to them continues though with the Moroccan Workers' Union supporting the seafarers' claims.
Submitted by: ITF Maritime Operations
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