MARITIME UNION RMT is holding a demonstration today over poverty pay on Scotland’s only roll-on roll-off freight link to Europe.
The Lithuanian-registered Finlandia Seaways, DFDS freight service operates between Rosyth and Zeebrugge in Belgium, employ Lithuanian seafarers on the vessel on rates of pay as low as £1.64 per hour in 2015, well below the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour.
The Scottish Government has given grants of at least £356,000 to support the route while the EU will have invested £5.42m by 2017.
The demonstration will take place on Friday 27th January from midday outside the office of Douglas Chapman MP at 1 Douglas Street Dunfermline KY12 7EB.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT wants to see the Scottish Government support a thriving Scottish Port and shipping sector but not at any price. The Scottish Government should insist that DFDS pay at the very least the minimum wage and negotiate a collective agreement with the unions.
“The Scottish Transport Minister has already taken welcome steps to end exploitative practices by Seatruck on vessels working the Aberdeen to Orkney and Shetland routes. RMT now call on the Scottish Government to take action to tackle all ports of shame in Scotland – starting with Rosyth.”