13 December 2018
RMT Press Office:
Maritime union RMT to hold SOS 2020 demo against Condor Ferries in Portsmouth on Saturday 22nd December
Maritime union RMT has confirmed that members and supporters from the community will be holding a demonstration against the employment practices of Channel Island operator Condor Ferries in Portsmouth on:
Saturday 22nd December 2018, at 7am – 9am, Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP
This is the latest demonstration against Condor Ferries, a company that pays ratings below the National Minimum Wage and does not recognise trade unions. Their current owners, Macquarie Investment bank of Australia recorded a 24% increase in 2017-18 and paid out a £57m dividend from its European arm in 2017.
RMT’s action will target the morning sailings, including Condor’s freight ships, when the union will remind the public and hauliers of the chronic seafarer exploitation on Condor Ferries.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT has made it clear that we will confront the shocking employment practices of companies like Condor Ferries and that is exactly what we will be doing in Portsmouth on Saturday 22nd December. There should be no place in British waters for these Ships of Shame and their flouting of the most basic employment and pay protections.
“It is appalling that these lucrative routes to the Channel Islands carry with them the stain of poverty pay and RMT will continue to shine a spotlight on that scandal and fight for it to be brought to a halt.”