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Foreign North Sea sailors given minimum wage pledge in UK

Staff Writer | November 18, 2016
The UK transport minister John Hayes has pledged to ensure foreign sailors working in the North Sea are paid the minimum wage.
North Sea sailors
Wages   Less than £6.70 an hour
Hayes said he is "committed" to reviewing legislation which makes it legal to employ crew on less than £6.70 an hour if they are recruited overseas.

At times more than half of the foreign-flagged vessels contracted by the North Sea oil industry pay less than the basic rate, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). Some are paid as little as £2 an hour, the ITF claims.

It is already possible for seafarers to apply for minimum wage protection on an individual basis if they can prove that they "ordinarily" work in the UK.