National Maritime Committee

Circular No: NP/134/18


Our ref: S16/4

18th July 2018

Dear Colleagues

National Maritime Committee

Further to Circular no.291/16 of 16th December 2016, in line with the National Executive Committee’s instruction of 12th July 2018 I am again consulting Branches with Maritime Grade members over the viability of setting up a National Maritime Committee.
The union’s 2016 Biennial Maritime Industrial Organising Conference Meeting (BGM) passed the following resolution:
“This BGM recognises the difficulties in past years in bringing port committee representatives together but recognises the spirit in which it was intended when set up.

“This BGM calls upon the National Secretary to reinvigorate the Advisory Committee to make it fully functional for the benefit of our membership.

“This BGM further notes that P & O Portsmouth are no longer a constituent and that this promotes an opportunity to change the constitution.

“This BGM agrees that we should broaden out the theme of the Advisory Committee to all shipping port committees such as PNTL and rename it the ‘National Maritime Advisory Committee.’ In changing the name of the Advisory Committee the National Secretary should work with those Regional Organisers/Lead Officers responsible for port committees to promote attendance and make it a functional forum.”

Your National Executive Committee subsequently made the following decision in August 2016:
“This NEC notes the resolution and instructs the General Secretary to consult with all Branches who have Maritime Grade members on the viability of a ‘National Maritime Committee.’
“This NEC proposes that the primary focus of this forum will be on the following key issues in the Maritime sector;
1. Organising
2. Recruitment and retention
3. Education
4. Networking & discussing best practice across the industry.”

All Branches are invited to nominate Maritime Grade members to represent them on the National Maritime Committee. A Branch can nominate up to three Maritime Grade delegates with only one per Branch to attend meetings.
Please note that all responses to this consultation should be sent to Head Office by the deadline of 12th September 2018.
It would be appreciated if you could bring the content of this circular to the attention of all Maritime Grade members in your Branch and you will be updated with further developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary