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Steam Packet freight row: government keep out

The Manx government draws up contingency plans for reduced ferry services but will not interfere in fair competition issue.

The Manx government is meeting with Steam Packet bosses to discuss threats to ferry services and jobs after a rival freight service set up.

Unions say the Steam Packet is being undermined by Mezeron which is crewed by seafarers on 'poverty pay'.

Workers are urging the government to come up with a contingency plan in the event that services are lost.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne said the government will not interfere in the operations of private companies.

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