Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1024/28469

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 January 2019

Ferry workers protest against 2.45 an hour pay

  (Click to enlarge)

The scandal of low pay by profiteering shipping lines is being fought by a sustained campaign of the RMT transport union.

A recent protest took place in Portsmouth, where Darren Procter, RMT national secretary, outlined the problems that seafarers face: "Our campaign was launched in 2012 to expose the practice by Condor ferries of paying 2.45 an hour for 12-hour shifts, seven days a week on two month rosters.

"This is compared to an equivalent merchant seaman grade earning 27,000 a year, working 'week on, week off'."

This is despite the fact that Condor ferries run to the Channel Islands from Portsmouth, a council-owned port in UK waters, but avoid minimum wage legislation through the EU posted workers directive, where workers can be paid under the terms of their country of origin.

Darren explained: "The RMT is fighting to ensure all workers on Condor ferries are paid according to proper industry standards with 'week on, week off' contracts, to create jobs and ensure safer passage." As well as fighting for better pay, conditions and union recognition, the RMT are demanding the company agree binding targets for seafarer apprentices over the lifetime of the next contract.

"Condor have a monopoly on the service to the Channel Islands under a tender that ends in 2019. In a survey, 81% of islanders said the service was 'unsatisfactory' as a result of rising fares, safety issues and cancellations."

Under private ownership by Australian Macquarie bank, Condor ferries are run for profit not people.

If these services cannot be run with safe, well-paid crews, providing an affordable and reliable service while in private hands, then an incoming Corbyn-led Labour government should nationalise these and other ferry services.

Nick Chaffey, Southern Socialist Party secretary

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 January 2019:


What we think

Brexit vote round two: Corbyn must fight for a socialist alternative to the Tory deal and bosses' EU


News

Tories Out. End austerity. Mass working-class action for a general election

'Fat Cat Friday' shows where all the money's gone

Javid's migrant 'emergency'

Death in a doorway: struggle can end homelessness

Them & Us

What we saw


Workplace news

PCS Left Unity assistant general secretary election rerun

Far right attack on Manchester rail workers' picket line - trade union fightback needed

Grayling's attacks on rail workers wages 'un-fare'

Solid strike by Arriva bus drivers

Ferry workers protest against 2.45 an hour pay

UCU Wales suspends FE strike action


German revolution 100 years on

Heroic martyrs of German Revolution


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Disruption of Leeds Socialist Party meeting shows need for unions to lead real struggle

Bringing socialist ideas into movements on women's rights

Tremendous effort sees Socialist Party smash fighting fund target in 2018

NHS funding crisis: Tory 'super-plan' is a super-con!

Linking LGBT+ rights to the fight for socialism

North Tyneside Campaigning to save our footbridge

Carmarthenshire council: Unison demands no-cuts budget


International socialist news and analysis

Protests continue to rage in Sudan

Blocked for years, but the Socialist Party of Nigeria is now standing in elections


Opinion

Theatre review: Women of Aktion - the heroic story of how World War One was ended

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 January 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Ferries:

triangle1987 Zeebrugge disaster

triangleRMT members to strike at CalMac ferries

triangleCondor Ferries: Fight for a living wage

triangleStriking seafarers make gains

triangleRMT supports ferry crew strike in St Malo

Workers:

triangleManchester: RMT transport workers' conference fringe meeting

triangleHarrogate academy workers strike against closure

triangleSwansea Parcelforce workers picket depot in support of victimised rep

triangleEast London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades

Protest:

triangleNigeria: Stop police harassment of Abbey and Azeez!

triangleSave Essex libraries protest

triangleD-Day for fighting Trump attack on NHS

Pay:

triangleUnion action can tackle 58% working poverty rate

triangleThem & Us

RMT:

triangleSalisbury South Western Rail strikers determined

Portsmouth:

triangleSouth Western Railway staff strike for safety

EU:

triangleWhile Tories elect new leader - prepare action to remove the lot of them

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

26/6/19

NSSN

Come to the 2019 NSSN conference

26/6/19

Lancashire

Stagecoach drivers continue their fight

26/6/19

Bridgend

NSSN meeting determined to fight for Ford workers

26/6/19

Devon

Stop the Devon and Somerset fire service cuts

26/6/19

Hull

Hull trade union festival a great success

26/6/19

Barking

Angry Barking fire victims demand action from landlords and authorities

26/6/19

Harrogate

Harrogate academy workers strike against cuts

26/6/19

Unite

Colloids workers strike to support sacked rep

26/6/19

Nottingham

Notts college contract dispute

26/6/19

Midlands

Midlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation

26/6/19

RMT

Salisbury South Western Rail strikers determined

26/6/19

Unison

Unison conference: Socialist Party members call for anti-cuts fight and build left challenge

26/6/19

Glasgow

Striking workers defy the race to the bottom at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports

26/6/19

Education

Unions and campaigners discuss fight to end education crisis

19/6/19

South Western Railway

South Western Railway staff strike for safety

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999