18 August 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT on Maersk announcement that shipping fleet is to be slashed.
SHIPPING UNION RMT has expressed bitter disappointment today at the announcement that Maersk plans to reduce its current fleet of 56 by 20 vessels.
RMT National Secretary Steve Todd said;
“Maersk’s announcement that it intends to get rid of more than a third of its fleet represents another bitter blow to an industry already decimated by too many job losses in the last 18 months.
“The industry appears to be in free fall with no government intervention to stop it or save it. This is going to lead to yet more job losses for British seafarers.
“RMT is seeking a very early meeting with the company to try and establish exactly how many jobs are at risk, with a view to minimising the numbers. In this already hard-hit industry the union will be fighting to save every job it possibly can.”