More seafarers will be guaranteed fair wages, proper rest periods and suitable training from a new [Seafarers’ Charter](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-seafarers-charter) launched by the UK government last week.
Building on government action already taken, the charter – backed by DFDS Ferries, Condor Ferries, Brittany Ferries and Stena – is part of the government’s wider [Nine-point plan](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nine-point-plan-for-seafarers-our-commitments-to-protect-seafarers) to protect seafarers and boost employment protections, ensuring they’re paid and treated fairly – irrespective of flag or nationality.
This is at the heart of the UK’s response to P&O Ferries’ decision to fire nearly 800 of its staff without consultation or notice last year.
The UK government’s charter will be launched alongside a similar initiative by the French government during a visit by Maritime Minister Baroness Vere to Paris today to meet her counterpart, Minister Berville.
See: [UK announces historic boost to seafarers’ rights and welfare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)](https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-announces-historic-boost-to-seafarers-rights-and-welfare)