19 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The UK Government has just given millions to Condor’s new owner, Brittany Ferries as part of the £35m freight ferries package announced yesterday.
“And the very next day Condor is sizing up local seafarers for the chop and replacing them with cheaper foreign seafarers further down the line when Covid-19 recedes and passengers return.
“We urge Brittany Ferries and Condor to get round the negotiating table with RMT so that we can work on furlough and other measures to protect jobs and support lifeline Channel Island services.
“Every week we clap key workers’ in the fight against Coronavirus but if the Government doesn’t wake up to the growing threat to UK seafarers’ jobs from employers making bad decisions then another nail will be driven into the coffin of the British seafarer.”