Irish Ferries Dispute Government support sought for EU Ferries Directive
Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson
Seán Crowe TD has called on the Irish
Government to back the Sinn Féin effort to have a European Ferries
directive brought forward to deal with ships operating in European waters
under flags of convenience. Deputy Crowe made his comments as the Irish
Ferries controversy continues.
Speaking today he said, “It is now undeniable that Irish Ferries are
running a human resources strategy that is geared toward replacing their
Irish crews with Eastern European slave labour. These workers will be paid
well under the minimum wage, the figure mentioned is a miserly 3.60 an
hour. Irish Ferries have outlined to their staff that failure to take the
so called voluntary redundancy will lead to a drastic reduction in their
working conditions, with longer hours, wage cuts and shorter holidays and
makes a mockery of the term ‘voluntary redundancy’. It is not good enough
for the Irish Government to wash their hands of this.
“The Government can back, at European Council level, the move by Sinn Féin
MEP Mary Lou McDonald to have a European Ferries Directive to deal with the
flags of convenience issue.
"Failing this the Government should consider bringing in a licensing regime
for ferries operating in Irish waters; this would be done in order to
ensure that ferries operating in Irish waters adhere to Irish labour law,
similar to what the Scottish Executive has already done.” ENDS