Seafarers working on coal ships have been left stranded on the coast of China for more than a year amidst trade tensions with Australia.Â
International Transport Workersâ€™ Federation Coordinator Dean Summers told Joe Hildebrand while coronavirus was the initial cause for delay, the long queue has been halted due to trade tensions.
â€œThese seafarers, probably around 1500 â€¦ are prisoners of trade wars.
â€œThe Chinese government has said they wonâ€™t let them go and the charter has said they canâ€™t let them go.
â€œThose ships are deliberately stuck in limbo.â€
Mr Summers said the workers are suffering exhaustion and psychological damage with no end in sight.
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