26 March 2020
RMT Press Office:
RATINGS Union RMT has called on the Government to issue guidance on social distancing, safety equipment, cabin sharing and other safety issues for seafarers during the COVID-19 crisis, particularly on passenger ferries.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“Some employers in the passenger ferry sector are keeping restaurants and bars open on their ships. This is exposing RMT members to excessive risk during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has produced welcome guidance for crew and passengers when embarking or disembarking ships. However, there is nothing for seafarers who are continuing to serve the travelling public, including fellow supply chain workers like road freight drivers, on domestic and continental ferry services from our ports network.
“We need specific and effective guidance from the MCA that applies to my members who are increasingly vulnerable from a highly infectious virus that continues to wreak havoc for crew and passengers in the cruise line industry.”