Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:42 PM
Teamster Jeff (1,271 posts)
Carnival Cruise exploits workers, pays nearly zero in taxes
You probably don't know Carnival Cruise paid a federal income tax rate of 1.1 percent on more than $11 billion in profit between 2004-09.
You may also not know the cruise line fired 150 workers from India last year for protesting their pay -- $1.20 an hour. They were working 350 hours a month for $400. Cruise Law News tells us what happened:
... for about 90 minutes the waiters engaged in a "good-humoured" demonstration dockside about the low wages....
Not only did Carnival prohibit them from returning to work on the Arcadia but banished them from working on any Carnival cruise ship world-wide.
In addition, Carnival instructed the hiring agency, Fleet Maritime Service International, which is registered in Bermuda to avoid taxes and labor regulations, to prohibit the waiters from ever working for Fleet Marine as well. The Guardian explains that "the Fleet payroll office is in the tax haven of Guernsey. Yet the letter is signed by an Edward Jones, the chief financial officer of Carnival UK."
Fleet Maritime is the largest employer of cruise ship personnel in India, and Carnival runs half of the world cruise market. So Carnival essentially "black balled" 150 cruise waiters from one-half of the world's cruise ships.
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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:51 PM
tblue (15,613 posts)
2. I've been on 3 cruises
Norwegian, Disney, and Carnival. It's a nice enough way to vacation, I guess, but it is not worth it if they treat their employees badly, and then they do freaky things with safety measures. Never again ever ever ever.
Response to tblue (Reply #2)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:10 PM
dixiegrrrrl (37,208 posts)
4. Another reason for me to not regret taking a cruise.
Even had a friend offer to pay for me on a cruise.
My idea of how to relax is NOT to be around 3,000 people on a boat.
Reading stories now of how people acted on the doomed cruise ( hoarding food, going nutz)
and realizing the servitude of the staff..good reason to be glad I passed.
Response to Auggie (Reply #3)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:39 PM
PDJane (9,891 posts)
5. I don't wonder. I remember legal dealings with Carnival here and there..........
To which I wasn't a party, but a legal worker and observer. I wouldn't trust Carnival with my back turned. I don't really trust Disney, either, but I have no proof of Disney malfeasance. I do Carnival's lack of integrity.
Response to PDJane (Reply #5)
Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:09 PM
Auggie (18,908 posts)
6. Delicious irony and sweet revenge, in a way ...
because you know it comes from the very top. The Board of Directors get a crashing stock price. The Carnival brand is fucked beyond belief. I hope many heads role.
Of course, I empathize for their under-payed employees. Hopefully they can get better jobs. And for Triumph passengers. What an ordeal.