Deny Back Pay to Captain Responsible for Costa Concordia Disaster

Target: Costa Cruises, owner of the Costa Concordia

Goal: Do not grant Italian captain responsible for Costa Concordia tragedy additional compensation.

“Get back on board, for f****’s sake,” exclaimed Gregorio de Falco, an Italian Coast Guard officer in a surge of panic. A luxury cruise ship, the Costa Concordia had just hit a rock off the coast off Isola del Giglio, and as the ship slowly sank into the shallow waters off the coast, the boat’s captain Francesco Schettino was nowhere to be found–he had escaped to land. The accident resulted in the loss of 32 lives, and many attribute these losses to the captain, for his irresponsible behavior before and after the incident.

Schettino, meanwhile, denies the claims that he abandoned his ship; instead, he argues that as the boat began to lose balance and tip over, he tripped and fell into a lifeboat, making it impossible for him to offer assistance from on board. But for many, especially those who lost someone in the accident, this explanation is simply not enough and a harsh punishment for the captain is due. In a pre-trial hearing, the weight of the tragedy has been placed fully on Schettino, who has now been charged with multiple counts of manslaughter.

As of now, Costa Cruises (the parent company that owns the Costa Concordia) has dismissed Schettino, but that has not stopped the disgraced captain from fighting back. After the news of his dismissal went public, Schettino is claiming back pay from the company. With his fate still unknown and the damage still so shocking, Schettino must not be rewarded compensation for his work. Sign the petition below to urge Costa Cruises not to award Francesco Schettino any type of additional compensation or back pay.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Costa Cruises,

In early 2012 while out to sea, Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino steered the mammoth cruise liner into the shallow waters off the coast of Isola del Giglio. Not long after, the ship struck a rock and slowly began to sink into the shallow water. Amidst the panic and chaos, as passengers fought to escape, Schettino found himself on a life boat and safely on shore. Because of his error and lack of control, 32 passengers lost their lives.

With manslaughter charges already against him, the future is not looking bright for Schettino. But although your company has already dismissed the disgraced captain, he is now fighting to retrieve back pay. Because his situation is hardly ordinary, I urge that you do not treat it as such. While a crisis broke out on his ship, Schettino was missing in action—because of this, he should not be entitled to any additional compensation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Italy

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