4 November 2016
RMT Press Office
RMT "ABERDEEN - PORT OF SHAME" PROTEST THIS FRIDAY OVER SEATRUCK PAY SCANDAL
Shipping union RMT will be protesting under the banner “ABERDEEN – PORT OF SHAME” today – Friday 4th November – over poverty pay on the Northern Isles Seatruck Ferry Services.
Non-EU nationals working on the Serco-run services are paid £3.66 an hour according to the latest figures obtained by RMT.
RMT members will be at Aberdeen Harbour from 10.45 this Friday 4th November and will hold a demonstration with the Seatruck vessel - which is working on the Northern Isles Ferry Service contract - in the background.
The harbour protest will last until 11.15 and will then move onto Victoria Road in Torry, Aberdeen where there will be a noisy and colourful demonstration outside the offices of Callum McCaig SNP MP and Maureen Watt SNP MSP .
Finally the protest will move on to the bottom of Market Street - which is directly across from the harbour – where leaflets will be handed out to the people of Aberdeen, raising awareness of the SNP Ships of Shame which sail in and out of the harbour in Aberdeen.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:
“It is scandal that ships of shame are sailing out of Aberdeen, with workers on poverty rates that make a mockery of our legal minimum wage, under a contract that is under the control of the SNP administration.
“This outrage, which is stain on the reputation of the great city of Aberdeen, has to be ended and ended now. RMT is demanding urgent talks with the Minister and an assurance that he will step in immediately to end this modern day slavery in Scottish waters.”