2 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT campaigners promoting the union's SOS2020 campaign to coincide with Merchant Navy Day this weekend in Portsmouth and South Shields this morning.
RMT campaigners promoting the unions SOS2020 campaign to coincide with Merchant Navy Day this weekend in Portsmouth and South Shields this morning.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“In the trade union movement we have a saying: ‘The past we inherit; the future we build.’ Merchant Navy Day chimes with this sentiment, reminding us all of the crucial role our seafarers played in our country’s often turbulent history; what they do today to underpin the national economy; and the importance of retaining maritime skills for the future.
“RMT applauds the Ratings and Officers of today who make the merchant marine work, from the passenger ferry, freight, cruise, offshore supply and container sectors, to the strategically important Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
"How we maintain and increase UK Rating numbers ahead of reform to the UK’s international trading arrangements is fundamental to the future of the Merchant Navy and we are taking to the streets in South Shields and Portsmouth over this celebratory weekend to highlight the importance of merchant seafarers to the country’s future.”