With mariners employed thru a hiring agency their first loyalty is to the agency. The agency IS their employer and can remove them on a whim of the agency or the company that hires the agency. If the agency is charging stupid amounts of money to get these mariners jobs, forgetting about them once they place them. Yeah, problems and attitudes occur. Most Eastern European mariners I worked with did a good job on larger ships, most were top notch. On the smaller vessels with the bottom of the barrel agents? I have had a not so good experience. One thing US mariners do not understand is the degree to which agencies in less developed countries control their mariners. They are like owners of indentured servants renting out their indentured servants but the servants have to pay the owner to get rented out. Once they pay the owner back their fee which has all manner of expenses they make a little money.