Merchant seafarer union RMT celebrates Merchant Navy Day

Merchant seafarer union RMT celebrates Merchant Navy Day

3 September 2018

RMT Press Office:

Merchant seafarer union RMT celebrates Merchant Navy Day by flying the Red Ensign

Merchant seafarer union RMT today celebrated Merchant Navy Day by flying the Red Ensign, the flag of the UK Merchant Navy from Maritime House in London and Regional Offices across the country.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:

“We are pleased to participate in the annual Merchant Navy Day celebrations, in order to pay respects to the memory of merchant seafarers of the past and to raise the public profile of the vital economic and social role played by our members in the merchant navy who work to transport 95% of the UK’s traded goods and nearly 20 million passengers on short sea ferry routes alone, every year.

“We also use today’s event to sound a note of caution over the future of UK merchant navy seafarers, particularly Ratings who are still not being trained or employed in sufficient number to avoid continued and catastrophic damage to our merchant navy skills base. We will continue to work to achieve the aims of our SOS 2020 campaign ahead of next year’s Merchant Navy Day

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Note to Editors
1. The maritime charity Seafarers UK organise the annual Merchant Navy Day celebration. RMT is a trustee of Seafarers UK. https://www.seafarers.uk/campaigning/merchant-navy-day/
2. Department for Transport statistics published in May https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/seafarers-in-the-uk-shipping-industry-2017 show that despite the number of UK Ratings remains below 10,000 whilst the number of non-EEA Seafarers account for nearly 70% (45,160) of Ratings jobs on merchant vessels in the UK shipping industry.

 

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