Loopholes In Minimum Wage Rules

A new report, commissioned by the specialist transport trade union RMT from maritime specialists at Cardiff University has found serious loopholes in the country’s legislation regarding the minimum wage paid to seafarers. A shocking table of shame indicates that on some UK RoRo freight and passenger ferries crews are being paid at the rate of just £2.25 per hour as opposed to the current rate of £6.50 for workers over 21, and a minimum even for first year apprentices of £2.73.  The main problem is that crews employed from elsewhere in Europe and around the globe are not subject to Britain’s pay legislation. The RMT points out that this is having a debilitating effect on native seafarers