Two hundred and twenty sailors on Tuesday in Sydney sued the Royal Australian Navy, over alleged training shortfall.
Stephanie Carmichael, the lawyer to the sailors, said they enlisted between 2010 and 2012 on contracts guaranteeing them on-the-job training and a trade certificate in electrical engineering.
He said the sailors did not receive the training they were promised when they signed up rather they spent much of their time basically sitting around.
“The navy failed to deliver. After four years there has been no training or qualification.
“The training was not funded properly from the beginning,” he said.
Carmichael said the case for negligence and breach of contract has been filed at the Sydney court.
Lead plaintiff, Clayton Searle, who signed up straight after high school, said the trainees spent much of their time sitting around.
“At the four-year mark they were offering new courses to act as compensation for where they had gone wrong but it was still three years before we’d receive a lesser qualification than what we were scheduled to have.
Another trainee, Jon Henderson, said they would basically sit around, read the paper, go online.
Principal Solicitor, Stewart Levitt, alleged that sailors who complained were pressured to sign a document clearing the navy of its training obligations.
He, however, said others were sent on undesirable assignments.
“I have spoken to a number of trainees who were dispatched to chase boat people back to Indonesia, for example,” he said. (dpa/NAN)
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