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Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew

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By Richard Carter, Sara Hussein, Simon Sturdee and Mikhail Flores

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"We do have a lot of fear, me and my colleagues, more than 1,000 crew. We've been working since the quarantine started. As the days pass and the number of patients increase, the crew is feeling more afraid," she said. "They are scared that it can spread really fast and all we want is tests to be done and to be separated from those who are positive. We don't want to stay on board."

Bold ones here who were not even on the ship claimed crew members were tested.

"You deserve, and will need, a break. So, we offer you two months of paid time off. This will include your salary and any average gratuities you may normally receive."

They’ll also have you sign an agreement with a clause relinquishing the right to sue the Diamond Princess.

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They’ll also have you sign an agreement with a clause relinquishing the right to sue the Diamond Princess.

Sue them for what?

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The crew should be praised for doing their jobs and not just walking off the ship and quitting! They were in the worst situation of everyone, and performed their duties well!

They deserve more than a couple months off in compensation for dealing with a literally deadly situation!

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And all the sacrifice the crews made and all the effort to quarantine Japanese government made might be in vain, because the passengers from Westerdam ship are coming to Narita this morning in Japan!!

https://twitter.com/yuto_salon/status/1230849663588163586

Note:

Westerdam ship is the one Japan refused to accept and went to Cambodia. Cambodian government carelessly let passengers get off after testing only 20 people. Later, one US woman was found positive in Malaysia.

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Sue them for what?

Negligence in failing to provide proper protection for the crew. It depends on the jurisdictional clause in the contract for the tickets. Some jurisdictions don’t have negligence laws, others have strong laws.

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OSHA...health safety conditions, standards, hazards, work injuries, workers’ rights, obligation to warn hazards, maintenance of safety standards, inadequate respiratory protection, , compensation and so on.

You’d look at the worker’s contracts and if it doesn’t cover this quarantine situation there’s liability.

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quercetum said "Humanity". Too bad, you should talk to UN human right activists. Where are they ?

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No because you’re the perpetual advocate for this brotherhood of Northeast Asians weren’t you? What happened to that?

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Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz wrote a letter to the crew in which she said the firm was "deeply grateful and incredibly proud of all of you.""You deserve, and will need, a break. So, we offer you two months of paid time off. This will include your salary and any average gratuities you may normally receive."

JAN!!

This is NOT the time to cheap with these people who have kept this ship AFLOAT!!

At minimum they all deserve BIG FAT BONUSES for going WAY above & beyond!!

I suggest you re-think this or your business could end up dying! Treat these good people like the unsung heroes they ARE!!

Especially since they will now have to start THEIR quarantine soon once the last passenger leaves!!

2months...……. WTF!!!

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some scathing comments on the japanese response- just in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A9BT3lAGHU

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talk to UN human right activists. Where are they ?

Nowhere in China, that's for sure.

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You know, not everything is about money. You help when you can and they did their job splendidly. Especially in times like these. If everyone expect to be pay well and earn fat bonuses, then what would happen in a big crises when all hands on deck is needed? Right now everyone involve is trying hard and risking their lives. The war on the virus is not over. A lot more will be asked of others to contribute in order to battle this crisis. Saving others don’t need repayment. They aren’t the first heroes nor the last.

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OSHA...health safety conditions, standards, hazards, work injuries, workers’ rights, obligation to warn hazards, maintenance of safety standards, inadequate respiratory protection, , compensation and so on.

Why do you think OSHA regulations would matter in, a JAPANESE court?

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If all passengers disembarked, the ship with all crews should go back to the port where it started from? If all crews (captain and other officers) disembark for quarantine, UK/US must send back the ship.

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At sea, the Captain is as close to a dictator as most countries allow, legally. He is the law until with 12nm of a country.

Nobody should be fooled into thinking there aren't strings with the 2 months pay. There will be legal forms to have the crew only say positive things or nothing about Japan, the cruise line, and the quarantine, beyond what their contracts already contain.

Cruise ship have had health issues on-board more than a few times. They have hand sanitizer stations all over the ships and reminders to use them whenever entering any of the restaurants. I recall them at every major entrance to the ship interior. There is ZERO chance the current contracts don't cover any "necessary actions" required to combat health issues of the passengers and/or crew. ZERO.

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Why do you think OSHA regulations would matter in, a JAPANESE court?

Why do you think it would be in a Japanese court?

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Nobody should be fooled into thinking there aren't strings with the 2 months pay. 

Exactly. The legal team for the Diamond Princess will have to deal with their wages, remuneration, worker’s comp, and cover the Princess’s liabilities. The easiest way would be a waiver, and these workers probably will not have the resources for counsel.

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