17 June 2016
RMT Press Office:
MP exposes shameful pay and employment practices in oil and gas supply chain.
Chair of the RMT Parliamentary Group, Ian Mearns MP has tabled EDM 231 to highlight the Government’s failure to prevent job losses amongst UK seafarers on offshore supply vessels (OSVs) or the replacement of UK crew on OSVs with low cost seafarers on scandalous rates of pay as low as £2 per hour – some 70% below the value of the National Living Wage of £7.20p.h.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said;
“We’ve lost over 1,000 seafarer jobs in the OSV sector, mainly through the flouting of employment, equality and visa law. Record numbers of OSVs are laid up in Aberdeen and other east coast ports, in some cases with non-EEA crew retained on board, in contravention of domestic and international law, let alone high-minded concepts such as Corporate Social Responsibility.
"These practices should be a source of shame to the oil and gas industry which hides behind the low oil price to justify this shocking exploitation of foreign seafarers which borders on modern slavery.”
National Secretary for the RMT, Steve Todd added;
“As the MCA’s detention of a ship in Aberdeen also demonstrate, current practices in the OSV sector are a direct threat to UK seafarers’ continued employment in the industry, dumping thousands on the dole and making a mockery of the Government’s industry-driven mantra of Maximising Economic Recovery of oil and gas from the North Sea.
"MPs are to be congratulated for highlighting this scandal and the Shipping Minister cannot continue to walk on by as thousands of UK seafarers lose their jobs as a direct result of his Government’s failure to get a grip on an industry that is jeopardising jobs, skills and revenue from our oil and gas reserves.”
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