Sub-NMW seafarer pay rates in the UK shipping industry

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Circular No: NP/089/17

TO ALL BRANCHES & REGIONAL COUNCILS.

Our Ref: S1/7

20th June 2017

Dear Colleague,

Sub-NMW seafarer pay rates in the UK shipping industry

Further to circular NP/076 of 17th May 2017, following our request to the ITF for assistance in updating information on seafarer pay, your union has produced an updated table on rates of pay in the shipping industry below the National Living/Minimum Wage (NMW). These figures are as accurate as can be expected, based on the work of the UK ITF Inspectors.

The attached table again confirms that shipping companies continue to pay thousands of non-UK Ratings shockingly low wages, in order to cut crewing costs and increase profits. It is clear that without Government intervention, employers will continue to directly exploit foreign seafarers whilst excluding UK Ratings from the shipping industry.

Through the SOS 2020 campaign, RMT members and their union are taking concerted action against companies on this table, most recently against Streamline Shipping in Aberdeen, with Irish Sea operators up next. All dates and details of SOS 2020 demonstrations will be circulated as soon as they are available.  

RMT’s public demonstrations and political demands from Government are essential to avert further disastrous losses of Ratings’ jobs and skills across the UK. The information from the ITF has been submitted to the Department for Transport, as evidence to reinforce our arguments in the Legal Working Group on the NMW and Seafarers for Government to take regulatory action to end this shocking and deeply damaging practice.

In our response to the current Low Pay Commission (LPC) review, these updated figures will be used to again highlight the ongoing problem of sub-NMW pay in the shipping industry, which the introduction of the National Living Wage has done nothing to address. If Shipping Branches or members have any additional information they would like to add to their union’s submission to the LPC, please email d.crimes@rmt.org.uk by 30 June 2017.

I would be grateful if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all members in your Branch.

Yours sincerely

 

Mick Cash
General Secretary

Examples of Seafarer Ratings pay in UK shipping industry 2017

 

Operator

Vessel & Route

Basic pay

Flag of vessels

Rating

Nationality[1]

Seatruck

Pace, Irish Sea

£3.78 per hour

Cyprus

Polish

Seatruck

Clipper Pennant, Heysham-Warrenpoint

£3.78 p.h.

 

Cyprus

Polish

Seatruck

Power, Irish Sea

£3.78 p.h.

Isle of Man

Polish

Condor Ferries[2]

Portsmouth to Jersey and Guernsey

£2.40 p.h.

Bahamas

Ukrainian

P&O

Norbank, Irish Sea

$3.47 p.h.

Netherlands

Filipino

P&O

Norbay, Irish Sea

$3.47 p.h.

Bermuda

Filipino

P&O

European Endeavour, Irish Sea

£1.75 p.h. (AB grade)

Bahamas

Polish, Latvian, Portuguese

P&O

Pride of York, Hull-Zeebrugge

$4.45 p.h. (AB grade)

Bahamas

Portuguese, Brazilian, Filipino

P&O

Pride of Hull, Hull-Rotterdam

$4.45 p.h.

(AB grade)

Bahamas

Portuguese, Filipino

P&O

European Causeway, Cairnryan-Larne

€5.36 p.h.

Bahamas

Spanish

Streamline

 

MV Daroja -Aberdeen-Lerwick;

Aberdeen-Kirkwall

€3 p.h.

Cyprus

Latvian, Lithuanian

Irish Ferries[3]

Dublin-Holyhead; Rosslare-Pembroke

£5.55 p.h.

Cyprus, Bahamas & Italy

Estonian & Polish

Stena Line

Britannica, Harwich-Hook of Holland

$3.98 p.h. (steward)

UK

Filipino

DFDS

King Seaways, Newcastle – Ijmuiden

$2.63 p.h. (Cabin Steward)

Danish Int’l Ship Register

Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, Filipino

Cobelfret

Mazarine, London (Anchorage)-Rotterdam

€4.11 p.h.

Malta

Russian

Cobelfret

MV Wilhelmine, Tilbury-Zeebrugge

£5.30 p.h.

Malta

Ukrainian

 



[1] Non-UK nationalities being paid below the UK National Minimum Wage of £7.50 (25 years and over).

[2] ITF Inspectors denied access. Information last updated in 2013.

[3] ITF Inspectors denied access. Information last updated in 2014.