Our Ref: HSR/2/26
Head Office Circular: NP/232/21
1st July 2021
To: The Secretary
ALL SHIPPING BRANCHES
HSE RESEARCH ON FATIGUE
I was approached by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regarding its new endeavour to develop a work-related fatigue research proposal for a bid to submit to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to obtain research funding.
To strengthen its engagement with key stakeholders like RMT, and to give RMT the opportunity to work with HSE and the academia (and that way to influence research that will inform government and HSE), HSE is seeking letters of support from a few key sectors. The 3-year programme will be fully funded by ESRC, but HSE is keen to have an active Stakeholder Advisory Board which will meet periodically (approximately 4 times per year) to review and provide constructive criticism to the project team and provide ad hoc advice as appropriate.
RMT was therefore requested to provide providing a letter of support. The bid is being led by HSE’s partners at the University of Manchester and its collaborator Professor Sheena Johnson.
Your National Executive Committee, at its meeting on 29th June 2021, resolved as follows:
We note the letter on file from HSE.
The General Secretary is instructed to provide a letter of support to the University of Manchester as requested by the HSE, nominating the National Secretary or someone to deputise to participate in the project.
Branches and Regional Councils to be advised.
I am acting in accordance with these instructions and will keep members advised of any developments.
Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.