Protests at ferry port over shipping firm

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SHIPPING union RMT is to hold protests across the city over pay and conditions for workers at a ferry firm.

The union says it is raising awareness of the impact on shipping jobs of the alleged exploitation of oversees workers by Condor Ferries.

The protest will be in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, at 3pm today then move on to the ferry port.

In a statement the RMT said new EU legislation has proved to be ‘totally ineffective’ and massive scope remains for the shipping industry in the UK to continue paying lower wages to seafarers from non-EU countries, and to continue recruiting crew members on that basis.

But in a statement Condor Ferries said: ‘We do not agree with their point of view. Condor Ferries is a diligent and concerned employer and we take care that all our employees are trained to the highest standards, work in safe conditions and receive competitive wages.

‘Shipping is quite naturally a global industry with a highly sought-after and mobile workforce. It is important to understand that the same systems do not apply to the international shipping industry and domestic employment situations.’