3 September 2021
RMT Press Office
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT issued a statement on Merchant Navy Day 3rd September 2021 paying tribute to the record of service to the country’s economy and security and pledging to protect merchant navy seafarers’ jobs and skills for the long term.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:
“I pay tribute to the hard-working men and women in our merchant navy, who continue to transport vital goods on our economically vital ferries, deliver the transition to green energy within the offshore sector, maintain our maritime security and deliver the UK’s humanitarian responsibilities around the world.
“On Merchant Navy Day 2021, we especially remember the sacrifice and service given to this country by merchant seafarers in the deep-sea sector, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
“The RFA is the biggest employer of UK merchant seafarers and has the largest Ratings training programme anywhere in the UK shipping industry today, but the MoD’s ‘One Navy’ policy is a threat to the future of the merchant navy in this country.
“We look forward to the RFA fleet, including the £1.5bn Fleet Solid Support vessels, flying the blue ensign and crewed with merchant seafarers, who are proud RMT members for decades to come. This will also need urgent action from Government and industry to invest in training and development of UK Ratings in the merchant navy.”