Protest over cruise & ferry pay

RMT workers on strike
RMT workers strike over cheap labour 'claims' Photo:

Members of the Rail Maritime & Transport Workers' union have staged a protest today outside Southampton Docks. The protesters claim that many cruise and ferry companies are paying their staff just 75p an hour.

The union alleges Carnival Cruises, which sails from the city, and Condor Ferries, which operates out of Portsmouth, Weymouth and Poole, are getting around the minimum wage by employing people from outside the EU.

The firms deny the allegations and say the claims are 'utter nonsense'. ITV Meridian's Transport correspondent Mike Pearse interviewed both Alex Gordon from the RMT, and Bill Gibbons from the Passenger Shipping Association to get both sides of the argument