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Seafarers' Pay And The Foreign And Commonwealth Office

EDM number 294 in 2009-10, proposed by Gwyn Prosser on 30/11/2009.
Categorised under the topics of Pay and Shipping.

That this House notes that for a number of years discussions have been taking place in both Houses with the Government and the Trades Union Congress to seek to resolve the horrendous situation whereby ferry company owners and others, whose vessels regularly trade on fixed routes between UK ports, are allowed to pay poverty wages substantially below the minimum wage to non-UK seafarers, including rates as little as £2.00 per hour; welcomes the fact that a number of hon. Members have supported amendments to the Equality Bill which would close this loophole; is therefore dismayed that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is blocking these amendments by claiming that applying the minimum wage on ferries that trade solely between UK ports could mean the UK is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; further notes that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has adopted this position despite the independent legal advice to the contrary provided to the RMT union and also the advice of the International Transport Workers Federation; is appalled that in the 21st century the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is effectively allowing the continuation of poverty wages to continue in UK waters; and calls on the Foreign Secretary immediately to publish the legal advice on which the Department's blocking action is based and allow the advice to be subject to urgent independent scrutiny.

This motion has been signed by a total of 65 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Gwyn Prosser30/11/2009DoverLabourProposed
Edward O'Hara30/11/2009Knowsley SouthLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn30/11/2009Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Eric Illsley30/11/2009Barnsley CentralLabourSeconded
Diane Abbott30/11/2009Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabourSeconded
John McDonnell30/11/2009Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Bob Russell30/11/2009ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Clare Short30/11/2009Birmingham, LadywoodIndependent LabourSigned
Kate Hoey30/11/2009VauxhallLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley30/11/2009Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Gregory Campbell01/12/2009East LondonderryDUPSigned
Desmond Turner01/12/2009Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Andrew George01/12/2009St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew01/12/2009StroudLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore01/12/2009HendonLabourSigned
Martin Caton01/12/2009GowerLabourSigned
Glenda Jackson01/12/2009Hampstead and HighgateLabourSigned
Adrian Sanders01/12/2009TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Pound02/12/2009Ealing NorthLabourSigned
Dai Davies02/12/2009Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Jim Devine02/12/2009LivingstonLabourSigned
Linda Riordan02/12/2009HalifaxLabourSigned
Hywel Francis02/12/2009AberavonLabourSigned
Janet Dean02/12/2009BurtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer02/12/2009KeighleyLabourSigned
Michael Clapham02/12/2009Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell02/12/2009Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Michael Meacher02/12/2009Oldham West and RoytonLabourSigned
William McCrea02/12/2009South AntrimDUPSigned
Lynne Jones02/12/2009Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle02/12/2009ChorleyLabourSigned
David Simpson02/12/2009Upper BannDUPSigned
John Pugh03/12/2009SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Derek Wyatt03/12/2009Sittingbourne and SheppeyLabourSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson03/12/2009Lagan ValleyDUPSigned
Nigel Dodds03/12/2009Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Brian Iddon03/12/2009Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner03/12/2009BolsoverLabourSigned
Alan Meale03/12/2009MansfieldLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn07/12/2009JarrowLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard07/12/2009WalthamstowLabourSigned
Mike Hancock07/12/2009Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing07/12/2009Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
David Anderson07/12/2009BlaydonLabourSigned
John Leech07/12/2009Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Sheridan08/12/2009Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthLabourSigned
Dai Havard08/12/2009Merthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLabourSigned
Colin Breed08/12/2009South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
David Borrow08/12/2009South RibbleLabourSigned
George Howarth09/12/2009Knowsley North and Sefton EastLabourSigned
Paul Flynn09/12/2009Newport WestLabourSigned
Denis Murphy09/12/2009WansbeckLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins09/12/2009Luton NorthLabourSigned
Iris Robinson10/12/2009StrangfordDUPWithdrawn
Brian Jenkins10/12/2009TamworthLabourSigned
Chris McCafferty10/12/2009Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Rudi Vis10/12/2009Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Eric Martlew14/12/2009CarlisleLabourSigned
Michael Connarty15/12/2009Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSigned
Katy Clark15/12/2009North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
John Mason15/12/2009Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Alan Simpson07/01/2010Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Mark Lazarowicz12/01/2010Edinburgh North and LeithLabourSigned
Bill Etherington19/01/2010Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Frank Cook01/02/2010Stockton NorthLabourSigned

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