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.”