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Old July 4th, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Cruise firms condemn new Equality Act

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Cruise firms condemn new Equality Act - - SHOWTHREAD

British cruise lines and ferry companies are up in arms regarding new rules regarding crew salary pay. So much so that they've penned a letter to the media warning of "intolerable" crew costs in the UK.

The letter, which you may have seen in the Daily Telegraph last Friday, details that many major shipping companies will have no choice but to re-register their ships away from Britain due to obscure regulations arising from the Equality Act.

Carnival UK chief executive David Dingle, P&O Ferries fleet director John Garber and Stena Line director Robert Akerland are among the eight signatories "in dismay".

The letter reads: “These companies currently pay seafarers resident abroad at levels that are related to those of highly skilled professionals in their home countries.

“What is proposed would compel British-flag operators to pay British rates to these seafarers – even though they may never set foot on British soil.

“The costs will put our British operations under intolerable pressure not felt by competitors abroad.”

They accuse the Government of “encouraging shipping companies to take their business elsewhere" and urge PM David Cameron to intervene “to help Britain trade its way back into prosperity and avoid the collapse of a success story”.
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