Yes - sadly FOCs allow exploitative ship owners to engage in ‘social dumping’. I’m not saying Iran was right seizing the Swedish ship that was flying a uk flag but neither do I think it’s right paying any workers £1.75 an hour on ‘3 months on 2 - weeks off’ rotas. Why was the Swedish ship not flying the Swedish flag? Sweden has a strong code and at the forefront of Maritime safety. Swedish registered ships also entitle employees working on those ships to seafarers’ income, which isn’t £1.75 an hour!!!
Seems the owners were well aware of the cost cutting (as made clear in that link you just posted) that a uk flag would offer. Should be one rate for the job regardless of your nationality.
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