Maritime union to protest over Condor’s ‘poverty wages’
A maritime union has planned protests in Portsmouth, asking for an end to what it calls ‘poverty wages’ paid by Condor Ferries.
RMT is asking for a minimum wage of £9.75 per hour on lifeline Channel Island ferry services, as well as the ability for the union to collectively bargain for seafarer ratings.
The protests, which are due to take place on the 22nd December and the 12th January, are part RMT’s SOS 2020 campaign, which is calling out companies that are ‘profiting from the exploitation of seafarers’.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, says:
‘In addition to disgracefully low wages, 81% of Channel Islanders in 2016 were dissatisfied with Condor Ferries, the result of rising fares, safety incidents, service cancellations, delayed freight supplies and exploitative employment practices.
‘This is no way to run a lifeline ferry service for the public, government and businesses of the Channel Islands and we look forward to debating these matters with them.’
However, Condor spokesman said the union’s comments are ‘totally incorrect’:
‘Condor fully adheres to, and indeed exceeds, domestic and international employment regulations covering the wages, terms and conditions of staff and this includes compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.
‘A very small number of non-EU seafarers are employed through a specialist recruitment agency and many return to work for Condor time and time again in preference to other opportunities.
‘We continue to work closely with the authorities in Guernsey and Jersey to provide the best sea connectivity across our freight, lifeline and tourism offerings.’