Cruise ship workers are back in Australia, but not the way they used to be.
The latest job figures show the number of cruise ship operators has dropped by more than 1,400 jobs, with the industry facing a labour shortage, according to the latest employment report.
Key points:There have been fewer cruise ship employees on the books for the past four yearsSource: Cruise Line Australia (CLAA)Source: Australian Maritime Industry Association (AMIA)The report from CLAA shows the number with the right of recall from their last cruise ship was cut from 2,037 to 1,500.
The CLAA, the Australian Industry Group, says this has resulted in a loss of 7,200 full-time jobs in cruise ship operations since 2008.
It says it is important to note that the report covers the past 4 years.
It shows the industry has experienced a reduction in its annual full-year employment by almost 1,000 jobs, from 1,532 to 1.843 million, while the number employed in cruise ships’ maintenance and operations roles has decreased by almost 500,000, from 3.2 million to 2.2.5 million.CLAA chief executive Chris Frew says cruise ship work is in trouble.
“We know the industry is facing a long-term challenge as it is,” he said.
“The industry is in serious need of workforce expansion and a robust cruise ship fleet.”
This is the second consecutive year of significant job losses in cruise line operations, with more than half of the industry’s fleet on the chopping block.
“While the industry can’t control all of the factors, we believe that cruise ship job losses reflect the need to invest in workforce development.”
It’s vital the industry does more to diversify its workforce and address the challenges of workforce retention and long-duration travel.
“The report also showed the number working in the cruise ship industry has fallen by more that 1,600 since 2008, while those who are employed in its operations roles have fallen by nearly 500,00 since 2007.
The report highlights the cruise line’s labour problems.
The industry has struggled with low pay, low benefits, low turnover and the ongoing threat of ship strikes.
Claire MacLean, the head of CLAA’s International Transport and Transport Workers Union (ITTO), said it was important the industry did more to address its workforce.”
These are jobs that people rely on to live a normal life. “
It’s a sad situation and it’s not good for business.”
These are jobs that people rely on to live a normal life.
It’s also a good way to build the economy, build a culture of tourism and to diversified the workforce.