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Covid-19 causing redundancies at Condor


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Apparently "up to 50" personnel on board are likely to go, mainly French, as these employees have not received any temporary lay off benefits from Guernsey gov and cannot get French benefits because of contracts in Guernsey and offshore flag status of vessels. The anomaly for these folks has caused a whole string of heartaches.

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Like wise they have not been able to Furlough crew in the UK as the model they use is to make all crew members responsible for paying their own tax and NI.  Other Ferry companies employing offshore normally pay tax and NI over to the UK Gov and hence can furlough crew.

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Paying their own tax and NI was a trick O`Leary taught the owners sadly. It must be terrible for those who have fallen through the net at this time. We cannot but feel for them and their families. I hope something gets resolved for them soon.

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Not the same as the point raised above as they have my sympathy, but I got tired of the directors of self employed businesses moaning.  People who had paid dividends instead of salary to themselves to avoid tax only to then get stuffed by the furlough. Why should tax payer bail out people who have not paid tax. You cannot have it both ways.

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Try getting a job in most areas of entertainment and the media without being self-employed. It's not from choice it saves the employer NI ers deprives the worker of any rights and was invented not by O'Leary but as much by the BBC. Faced with that why shouldn't the worker look for maximum tax efficiency. OK if you incorporate the sensible thing is to take draw a weekly wage and take any profit  in dividends but you don't set up your trading structure to be closed down by government diktat. Entertainment has never save for a very short period in 1939 ever been shut down as part of government policy since the 18th Century. This method of 'employment' has been encouraged by governments of all hues since Mrs Thatcher under the guise of flexibility but has left many in the entertainment industry destitute with empty date books since March. Many will never work in the industry again. If you are closed down by a government surely it is the government's job to compensate you? Wait for the stories of PAYE performers being made redundant from  long running West End shows that'll be the next thing...

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