Four Cuban sailors who jumped ship in Saint John citing brutal working conditions are now claiming refugee status.The sailors left the Greek-owned cargo ship Dimitra G docked at the New Brunswick port last Tuesday.
The men described poor working conditions on the ship, said interpreter Angel Negreira, with no heat or air conditioning.
“These people work a minimum of 84 hours a week. They have to work continuously.”
The men’s hands are covered in heavy calluses and torn skin. Their pay was between $2.50 to $3 per hour, Negreira said.