Maritime Union RMT demonstrated in Aberdeen on 21 April 2017 against poverty pay on Streamline Shipping’s MV Daroja.

Workers are paid as little as £2.56 per hour on freight routes between Aberdeen and Orkney and Shetland on the Cyprus-flagged ship.

Streamline receives over £3 million from the Scottish taxpayer for the service.

RMT is calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to end Streamline’s profiteering off the backs of seafarers and the taxpayer by enforcing National Minimum Wage legislation.

They also want Streamline to comply with Work Permit regulations, and increase freight capacity in the Northern Isles Ferry Service contract.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: ‘Poverty pay on Streamline Shipping’s MV Daroja is a disgrace. We call on the Scottish Government to take action, as it did on Seatruck, where it has been agreed that they will pay at least the national minimum wage on the NIFS/Seatruck contract.

‘There is no point the company moaning about RMT’s campaign to end poverty pay on the ships of shame when it is within their hands to end this scandal.

‘Only a nationalised Northern Isles ferry service can meet the needs of local communities and the seafarers that serve them.’

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