Ferry director claims skilled British crew members hard to find

A Dutch director of a ferry company has reportedly claimed that it is hard to find properly trained British workers and described British candidates looking for work on his ships as overweight and not fit enough to manage the ferries, according to a Metro report.


The report added that the ferry company, Stena Line, is employing Filipino workers at a rate of £2.20 an hour on its Harwich to the Hook of Holland route, although it denies being on a recruitment drive in the Philippines.


The RMT union has claimed that 300 British sailors have been made redundant by Stena Line in the past two years, and had considered a ballot on strike action.

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