25 August 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to latest jobs assault on key Channel Islands' ferries
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
“The rhetoric around seafarers being key workers needs to mean something. These are jobs on lifeline freight and passenger ferries registered on Flags of Convenience that were subject to exploitative pay before the pandemic and cannot be allowed to be permanently lost to UK seafarers.
“Condor has consistently refused to access UK Government support for their seafarer and docker staff in the UK during the pandemic and have made large scale redundancies – they are now threatening to cut into muscle and bone.
“The new owners, Brittany Ferries and Columbia Threadneedle must step in and provide certainty for the future here. We call on the UK Shipping Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP to reach out to her counterpart in the French Government and work with the Channel Island administrations to draw up a rescue package for Condor Ferries staff and passengers.”