21 May 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Fort Austin and Fort Rosalie are over forty years old, and my members working for the RFA will be relieved that the process for awarding the contract to build three new Fleet Solid Support Ships has finally begun in earnest.
“As well as awarding this contract to shipbuilders and the maritime supply chain in the UK, it is essential that these ships, when they are commissioned continue to be crewed with civilian Ratings and Officers and are covered by the RMT Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"This is an important development, and we hope that this is the first in a number of MoD contracts that support UK seafarers and shipbuilding.”