The company chooses not to use local labour nor does it invest in training of future UK or Irish Seafarers and prefers a model whereby the Seafarers work a minimum of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week for 2 months at a time. Even though it is a UK company they do not comply with National Minimum wage legislation and they do not comply with pension provision regulations.
Good Ferry operators pay a decent wage for a decent days work, provide pensions, acknowledge the challenges and demands of Seafarers and agree with unions that a safe roster is either 1 or 2 weeks of work at a time followed by an equal period of rest.
This company chooses a business model reliant upon exploitation and non compliance with UK legislation yet the Maritime business’ of Merseyside gave it an award in 2018 for business of the year??
Low cost operators not only exploit Seafarers but threaten the jobs of UK and Irish Seafarers working for reputable operators who employ UK and Irish Seafarers on terms and conditions negotiated by trade unions by offering cheaper crossings and competing for business.
We are seeking the support of Seafarers, Trade unionists and members of the public who agree that exploitation has no place on the banks of the Mersey or within the Irish Sea. Join us to demand that UK and Irish Seafarers are employed on safe roster patterns, decent terms and conditions, proper rates of pay and given a pension for transporting goods between Liverpool and Ireland.
Please share on social media and join us for 1 hour tomorrow (Friday) between 7.45 and 9am to send a clear message that this is not acceptable and fight for jobs for UK and Seafarers of today and of tomorrow!!!