RMT on the attack

The UK’s RMT is pressing the government to look into what it calls the exploitation of crew on a Seatruck ro-ro chartered to Scottish line CalMac.

The union said Estonian seafarers on the 7,600-gt Clipper Ranger (built 1995) running between Ullapool and Stornoway are working for as little as £4.19 ($7.10) per hour.

State-run CalMac has agreed to make the payment to bring the wages up to the RMT rate for ratings on the Clyde and Hebrides network.

But Seatruck has not accepted the offer.

The RMT said jobs would be at threat if the policy were allowed to continue.

Seatruck has not yet responded to TradeWinds’ request for a comment.