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09/21/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2020 01:09

National Minimum Wage and Seafarers

Notes to Editors

1. The National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) (Amendment) Order 2020 will come into force 1stOctober 2020. It will extend NMW rates to all seafarers working on merchant ships between UK ports and from UK ports to installations on the UK Continental Shelf.

2. RMT, with support from other maritime unions and the TUC have been pressing Governments since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to fully extend the Act to cover seafarers working from and between UK ports. A sample of the evidence gathered by the RMT from seafarer employment contracts over the last 3 years demonstrate the extent of the problem.

3. UK Ratings held 19% (9,140) of the total number of Ratings jobs in the UK shipping industry in 2019, according to the Department for Transport's statistics.

4. RMT have organised an online Ministerial Roundtable on Monday 21 September 11-1300, Enforcing the NMW for Seafarers. The Shipping Minister, Robert Courts MP, Employment Minister Paul Scully MP and Labour's Shadow Shipping Minister Mike Kane MP will be in attendance, along with officials from HMRC NMW Enforcement, the MCA, Border Force and employers from the shipping, renewables, oil and gas and decommissioning sectors.

Examples of Seafarer pay rates below the NMW in the UK shipping sector, 2017-20

Operator

Vessel & Route

Basic pay

Flag of vessels

Rating

Norbank, Irish Sea

$3.47 p.h.

Netherlands

Filipino

P&O

Norbay, Irish Sea

$3.47 p.h.

Bermuda

Filipino

Pride of York, Hull-Zeebrugge

$4.45 p.h. (AB grade)

Bahamas

Portuguese, Brazilian, Filipino

P&O

Pride of York, Hull-Zeebrugge

€2.04 p.h. (Cook)

Bahamas

Lithuanian

P&O

Pride of Hull, Hull-Rotterdam

£4.50 p.h.

(Able Seafarer)

Bahamas

Filipino

P&O

European Causeway, Cairnryan-Larne

€3.87 p.h.

(Able Seafarer)

Bahamas

Romanian

P&O

European Highlander, Cairnryan-Larne

£4.91 ph.

(Able Seafarer)

Bahamas

Croatian

P&O

Pride of Canterbury,

Dover-Calais

£1.75 p.h.

(AB grade)

Cyprus

Non-UK

Stena Line

Britannica, Harwich-Hook of Holland

$3.98 p.h. (steward)

UK

Filipino

DFDS

King Seaways, Newcastle - Ijmuiden

$2.63 p.h. (Cabin Steward)

Danish Int'l Ship Register

Polish, Ukrainian, Romanian, Filipino

Cobelfret

Mazarine, London (Anchorage)-Rotterdam

€4.11 p.h.

Malta

Russian

Cobelfret

MV Wilhelmine, Tilbury-Zeebrugge

£5.30 p.h.

Malta

Ukrainian

Seatruck

Pace, Irish Sea

£3.78 p.h.

Cyprus

Polish

Seatruck

Clipper Pennant, Heysham-Warrenpoint

£3.78 p.h.

Cyprus

Polish

Seatruck

Power, Irish Sea

£3.78 p.h.

Isle of Man

Polish

Condor Ferries2

Portsmouth to Jersey and Guernsey

£2.40 p.h.

Bahamas

Ukrainian

Irish Ferries

MV Ulysses,

Dublin-Holyhead

€5.51 p.h.

(Ordinary Seaman)

Cyprus

Latvian, Polish

AllSeas

Pioneering Spirit, Brent Delta decommissioning project (completed

May 2017)

£3.75 p.h.

Malta

Non-EEA

Heerema

Thialf,

Murchison decommissioning project (completed July 2017)

$45 per day

Panama

Filipino

Seacosco

Seacosco Yangtze

Great Yarmouth-UKCS (Offshore Wind)

$2.34 p.h.

(Able Seafarer)

Marshall Islands

Filipino

Up Offshore

Up Agate

(Sunderland, laid up)

$3.61 p.h.

Panama

Indian

Fairline Surveyor, Barrow-Irish Sea (Offshore wind)

$4.95 p.h.

(Cook)

UK

Filipino

Manfill Limited

Fairline Surveyor, Barrow-Irish Sea (Offshore wind)

$5.96 p.h. (Oiler)

UK

Filipino

Gulf Marine Services

GMS Evolution 6104,

Blyth-UKCS (offshore wind)

$2.44 p.h.

(Able Seafarer)

Panama

Filipino

Horizon Geosciences

Horizon Geobay, Invergordon-Inch Cape Wind Farm

£4.20 p.h.

(Able Seafarer)

Panama

Filipino

Fugro

Fugro Pioneer, Sunderland-Sofia Offshore Wind Farm

$3.40p.h

(Able Seafarer)

Bahamas

Filipino

USC Barnkrug

MV Maris,

Avounmouth-Warrenpoint

$2.12 p.h.

(Ordinary Seafarer)

Cyprus

Filipino

USC Barnkrug

MV Maris,

Avounmouth-Warrenpoint

$2.40 p.h.

(Cook)

Cyprus

Filipino

Cable Enterprise

V Ships, Southampton-Channel (cable laying)

$3.11 p.h.

(Cook)

UK

Filipino

Cable Enterprise

V Ships, Southampton-Channel (cable laying)

$3.85 p.h.

(Engine)

UK

Filipino

Niem N-Sea

Aberdeen-UKCS, Offshore Supply

$3.47 p.h.

(Steward)

Bahamas

Portuguese