Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Merchant navy faces pay threat

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • dawg
    replied
    Re: Merchant navy faces pay threat

    This was a Labour idea; thankfully their spiteful reign of terror is at an end, so I wouldn't worry.

    Leave a comment:


  • kayak
    replied
    Re: Merchant navy faces pay threat

    I think more likely companies would leave the british flag.

    Leave a comment:


  • chris
    replied
    Re: Merchant navy faces pay threat

    What effect do you think it will have on British officers pay? Do you think they would be able to cut officers pay on the grounds of equality and to pay for the pay rise for the non-British crew ratehr than it hitting their profits?

    Leave a comment:


  • dawg
    started a topic Merchant navy faces pay threat

    Merchant navy faces pay threat

    Merchant navy faces pay threat
    By Dan Atkinson
    20 June 2010, 12:28pm
    British shipowners face a ?190m pay bill they claim could bring the merchant navy's ten-year recovery to an abrupt halt.



    FTSE LATEST
    5046.47-53.76
    Ministers have been urged in an official review to scrap a longstanding rule that lets the industry pay foreign sailors less than their British counterparts.

    While accepting that 'the increased costs for shipping companies are a major consideration', the report, by consultant Susan Carter, concluded: 'I could find no reason to make a special case for the shipping industry.'

    The Chamber of Shipping said the report 'displays a breathtaking ignorance of the industry', describing it as a 'personal and subjective evaluation' of the threat from the proposed change.

    At present, shipowners can pay less to sailors who are not British residents. The gap in pay packets can be as much as 50%.

    Labour's Equality Act, which became law just before it left office, has forced the Department for Transport to decide whether to continue the exemption from the 1976 Race Relations Act.

    Carter, a retired senior civil servant, was asked to look at the evidence and her report is with Shipping Minister Mike Penning. He is expected to make a decision by the end of the summer.

    The industry believes that it is a special case because ships in distant seas can be compared with British companies' overseas factories, in which no one would expect locals to earn the same as their counterparts in Britain.

    Since the tax regime was shaken up ten years ago, the merchant navy has enjoyed a renaissance. However, the annual pay bill on a container ship could be ?400,000 higher if foreign sailors' pay was raised to British levels.
    http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/artic ... _page_id=2
Working...
X