Cruise lines can provide basement-level prices by paying their Eastern European and Asian crews wages that are out of whack with their relatively well-off clientele. But Carnival UK's CEO may very well ruin it with his defense of 75 pence-an-hour pay.
While the CEO of Carnival UK, David Dingle, said the move would “make crew more responsive” and “offer them protection as tips dry up in the economic downturn”, some staff workers were reportedly “in tears” when told of the new arrangements.
Dingle told the Daily Telegraph: “You’ve got staff from eastern Europe in restaurants in Britain – why? Because it’s great money. Yes, the minimum wage is more than we pay, but this is a global industry, Our businesses have to remain competitive.