Romania -Non-compliance by offshore subcontractor -February 17, 2012

48 workers, contracted by the Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) to work on its offshore rig GSP Britannia, berthed in Hartlepool, are complaining that they have not been paid since October 2011. An inspection of International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), as part of the week of action launched in Aberdeen on 7 February by North Sea trade unions and ITF affiliates, revealed that many workers appear to have been paid half the UK minimum wage – receiving only UKP3.50 (€4.15) per hour for a 12-hour day, seven days a week. One hundred other GSP company employees are seeking assistance from the ITF office in Constanta, Romania, for non-payment of wages. There are reports that the company and the “yellow” (employer-run) union threaten the workers if they seek ITF assistance.



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