The International Transport Workers' Federation has condemned the decision by Irish Ferries to re-register one of its vessels, the MV Normandy, to the Bahamas.

The company confirmed the transfer is taking place, but the process has not yet been completed.

In a statement, the Federation said it did not want to jeopardise Labour Court talks on the dispute at the company, but that it had to condemn the move.

A Federation spokesman, Tony Ayton, said the loss of Irish registration meant any worker who took up duty on the vessel would not have the benefit of the Republic of Ireland's worker protection legislation, including the right to a minimum wage.