How does the cross-channel ferry justify paying below minimum wage

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How does the cross-channel ferry justify paying below minimum wage

Post by Thistle on Wed 18 Apr 2012, 4:32 pm

Crew paid 2.35 an hour on Condor Ferries sailing from Portsmouth






By Nick Sommerlad on April 4, 2012 11:00 PM

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How does the cross-channel ferry operator Condor Ferries get away
with paying its Ukrainian crew less than 30 for a 12-hour day?


That's barely a third of the minimum wage both here and in Guernsey, where Condor is based.


We've seen a contract signed last summer between a crew member and Condor Marine Crewing Services, Condor's UK subsidiary.


The minimum wage at the time was 5.93 yet the Ukranians "should
expect to work up to 12 hours per day" for 28.19 - that's as little as
2.35 per hour and "includes all overtime".


They worked on two ferries registered in the Bahamas, so the new
Equality Act - which bans different pay rates for different
nationalities on UK-registered ships - does not apply.


A Condor spokeswoman said it employs "a number of crew" every year on three-month contracts through an agency based in Ukraine.


She said the pay was "above average" for the Ukraine and that crew also got accommodation and meals.
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Post by kingcolemk on Wed 18 Apr 2012, 5:05 pm

You're always complaining about high fares ! You can't have it both ways.

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Post by Thistle on Thu 19 Apr 2012, 8:18 am

they charge us large fares and pay a less than minimum wage to staff from the ukraine..do you think what they are doing is right kingcolemk...
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Post by kingcolemk on Thu 19 Apr 2012, 8:59 am

The object of any business is to make a profit, otherwise there is no point in bothering. Their charges are based on the amount of freight and passengers they carry to offset the extremely high cost of running and maintaining the boats plus a percentage profit for their trouble and risk.

The only reason you pay more than me is the States subsidy to encourage the tourist trade. Without that I would be paying the same as you.

The said staff have not been 'press ganged' therefore presumably are quite happy getting four times what they can earn at home.

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