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UK: P&O Ferries staff allege low wages & poor working conditions; Incl. co comments

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In June 2019, P&O Ferries was accused of labour abuses and wages so low it amounted to "slave labour". UK Member of Parliament Karl Turner claimed in the House of Commons that some foreign staff on board P&O vessels received a wage of as little as £2.13 an hour and called for all workers to be paid the national minimum wage.

In July, Portuguese staff working on board P&O vessel The Pride of Hull issued an open letter to P&O and recruitment agency Clyde Marine calling for improved pay and working conditions. The letter outlines a number of concerns, with workers claiming they are being made to work for up to two months with no time off and are being paid a low salary which does not reflect the work they are being asked to do.

P&O say it complies fully with international agreements and that its staff are paid fairly. Further comments are included in the articles below. 

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11 July 2019

UK: P&O Ferries responds to allegations that staff are paid like "slaves" on its ships

Author: Alex Grove, Hull Daily

"P&O Ferries respond to claims staff working on Hull ships are paid like 'slaves'", 13 June 2019 

P&O Ferries is adamant it pays its foreign staff “fair rates” after a Hull MP condemned the company for subjecting chefs on board ships sailing from Hull to “slave labour”.

Hull East MP Karl Turner claimed in the House of Commons that Lithuanian cooks working on board ferries from Hull to Zeebrugge are receiving a wage of just 2.40 Euros an hour...

A spokesman for P&O Ferries said: "We comply fully with International Transport Federation agreements, which we have voluntarily put in place on our North Sea ships.

“We are one of the largest single employers of UK seafarers and also have many agency colleagues from other countries working for us. The majority have no interaction with the British economy as they live on board on an 'all found' basis during their tour of duty.

“They tend to be long-serving, some having been with us for many years, and are employed at fair rates of pay when compared to wage levels in their home countries.

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11 July 2019

UK: Portuguese crew issue open letter to P&O Ferries over poor working conditions & wages

Author: Alex Grove, Hull Daily

"P&O Ferries blasted by Pride of Hull staff in open letter over 'poor working conditions and pay", 9 July 2019 

An open letter has been written by “unhappy and upset” Portuguese staff to the ferry giant with crew members outlining a number of concerns.

They claim they are being made to work two months with no time off and are being paid a low salary which does not reflect the work they are being asked to do.

P&O say it complies fully with international agreements and that its staff are paid fairly...

In a letter written to P&O Ferries and recruitment company Clyde Marine, the crew said...“Our salary is unsatisfactory and not adjusted to all the hours of work we have to perform...

The letter, which has been signed by all Portuguese crew members on board The Pride of Hull, continued: “We would like a review on our working period on board. We believe that working two months with no time off is detrimental to our health"...

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