Amid Hanjin Shipping crisis, employees threatened on land, at sea

Demands for payments, ire of cargo owners intensifying at ports worldwide; shipping crews at risk in foreign waters.
Employees at Hanjin Shipping are facing threats and dangers around the world in the wake of the company’s placement under corporate rehabilitation procedures (court receivership).
According to Hanjin Shipping sources on Sept. 5, employees dispatched to 43 branches and 160 agencies in 80 countries around the world are dealing with risks and difficulties. A growing number are also feeling physically threatened. At one branch office in Tianjin, China, shipping service suppliers hired knife-wielding gangsters to seal off the first floor of the building after news broke of the court receivership application. Employees were narrowly able to evacuate after reporting the situation to Chinese police.
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