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A living (or at least minimum) wage for all Seafarers on Scottish Government contracts

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Seafarers in the Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetlands) are being paid less than £4 per hour on a Scottish Government procurement contract. 

These contracts are committed to being Living Wage Foundation accredited - this is obviously not!!

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 has addressed and defined living wage in national legislation. It provides for Scottish Ministers to issue statutory guidance on how a company’s approach to recruitment, remuneration (including living wage), and other terms of engagement should be considered when selecting bidders and awarding public contracts, where such matters will affect the quality of service that the bidder may provide.  In addition, the 2014 Act requires public bodies, when preparing their procurement strategies, to set out what their general policy is on payment of the Living Wage to persons working on their contracts

We say paying less than £4 per hour is Poverty Pay!!

This contract is outsourced to Seatruck - Seatruck is part of the Clipper Group, a shipping company based in The Bahamas - We say that this Social Dumping!!

Social dumping is a term that is used to describe a practice of employers to use cheaper labour, than is usually available at their site of (1) production and/or (2) selling. In the first case, migrant workers are employed; in the second, production is moved to a low-wage country or area.

We call on the Scottish Government to stop this practice of social dumping, end the exploitation of seafarers in Scottish waters and to bring this contract back "in house now"


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