RMT slams Board of Trade report

RMT slams Board of Trade report

10 March 2021

RMT Press Office:

RMT slams Board of Trade report for total failure to support shipping jobs.

SEAFARERS UNION RMT today responded to the UK Board of Trade report, ‘Global Britain, Local Jobs’ which makes a series of recommendations on Britain’s trading future but contains no reference at all to creating local jobs in the key transport link in international trade – shipping.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“This report’s attempt to link post-Brexit trade policy to local jobs is both unconvincing and unambitious.

“The Government’s own statistics show that UK seafarers only held 19% of jobs in the shipping industry, and this doesn’t include the cull of seafarer jobs in Dover and Hull initiated by P&O’s owners in Dubai.

“Liz Truss must stop airbrushing local seafarers out of employment and recognize that investment in local Ratings and Officers is a core component of any sustainable trading policy.”

Note to Editors
1.         The UK Board of Trade has published a policy paper  ‘Global Britain, Local Jobs.’  It makes no reference to seafarer jobs.
2.          The Department for Transport statistical publication  Seafarers in the UK Shipping Industry 2020 was published 24 February 2021. Publication was delayed by three months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
3.        The DfT’s figures are based on data provided by the trade association UK Chamber of Shipping and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. They show a total seafarer workforce in the UK shipping industry of over 86,100, with UK seafarers accounting for 19% of that total.
4.        The figures published today cover the period to June 2020, so do not include P&O Ferries’ jobs cuts which saw over 600 UK Ratings, mainly in Dover and Hull, made redundant.

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