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BBC News: Condor Ferries Ukrainian workers protest in Portsmouth

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July 23, 2012, 9:40 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by BBC

The Spinnaker Tower rises above the Portsmouth water front on November 24, 2011. Modelled on the shape of a sale the landmark Spinnaker Tower celebrates Portsmouth's maritime history and was the centrepiece of the redevelopment of the harbour.
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A protest has been held at Portsmouth Ferry Port over claims Condor Ferries pays below minimum wage to its foreign employees.

The RMT union said the Channel Island ferry operator was using legal loopholes to pay Ukranian crew just £2.35 an hour. Condor admitted some of its crew were paid that amount but said they earned four times the average wage in Ukraine.

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Charles Spencer July 23, 2012, 6:15 p.m.    

It is a total disgrace and the British Government should act upon this.I employed building a power station 4 years ago, the client Alstrom...tried to use cheap Spanish labour... they accused us English of being Racist, which we where not...the agreement on this site, for the work, stated that men should be paid a certain rate of pay...the Spanish where 505 of this...we went on strike...and won these Spanish workers...the full pay that they where entitled too, and that should be the case with these Ukraine seamen.....FULL PAY

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