RMT protest in Aberdeen against poverty pay

11 April 2017

RMT PROTEST IN ABERDEEN AGAINST POVERTY PAYRSS Feed

RMT protest in Aberdeen against poverty pay

11 April 2017

RMT Press Office:

RMT protest in Aberdeen against poverty pay on Streamline Shipping’s MV Daroja.

MARITIME UNION RMT will be demonstrating in Aberdeen on 21 April against poverty pay on Streamline Shipping’s MV Daroja. Workers are paid as little as £2.56 per hour on freight routes between Aberdeen and Orkney and Shetland on the Cyprus-flagged ship. Streamline has relentlessly profited from this exploitation, receiving over £3m from the Scottish taxpayer*.

The protest will take place on Friday 21 April, 11.45am, Aberdeen Harbour, Blaikies Quay/Black’s Lane, Aberdeen, AB11 5PU.

Shareholders are pocketing millions in dividends whilst migrant workers are mercilessly exploited and local seafarers excluded from work on a maritime freight route between Scottish ports.

RMT is calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to end Streamline’s profiteering off the backs of seafarers and the taxpayer by:

•             Enforcing National Minimum Wage legislation.
•             Requiring Streamline to comply with Work Permit regulations.
•             Increasing freight capacity in the Northern Isles Ferry Service contract.
•             Reviewing the MV Daroja’s safety record.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“Poverty pay on Streamline Shipping’s MV Daroja is a disgrace. We call on the Scottish Government to take action, as it did on Seatruck, where it has been agreed that they will pay at least the national minimum wage on the NIFS/Seatruck contract.

“ Only a nationalised Northern Isles ferry service can meet the needs of local communities and the seafarers that serve them.”

ENDS

*Streamline Shipping Group Ltd accounts 2008-09 to 2014 (period under public contract).

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