The declining maritime industry in the UK has been fighting the battle against cheaper foreign shippers who continue to push them out of the North Sea. The government defends the industry in determining to see more employment for seafarers as well as reviewing the minimum wages paid to workers.
Fear has stirred due to the unfair competition that the industry faces, particularly in Asian firms who pose the lowest costs due to extremely small minimum wages for workers. However, a spokesman from Nautilus still defends the UK maritime sector in saying, “British seafarers are being priced off the sea because of the unfair competition that is posed by the use of low-cost foreign crews in our waters. We don’t allow people to work in our factories to be paid Indian wages – why should we allow seafarers working exclusively in our waters to be paid at those rates? Employment rights should not stop at the shoreline.”