13 September 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT statement on the Government's ‘technical notes’ on seafarer certification and maritime security in the event of no Brexit deal
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“Our members on cross channel and Irish Sea routes should not be affected by internal Tory conflicts which prevent seafarers’ interests being fully protected after 29 March next year.
“We will seek our own guarantees in the shipping companies where we have recognition, but the truth is that UK and EU seafarers lose out under a system which allows shipowners and crewing agencies to exploit cheap labour from inside and outside the EU – pitting workers against one another to the detriment of jobs and the skills base.
“As an island country we need to maintain jobs on the fleet of ferry, cargo, container, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, cruise and offshore energy vessels that keep our economy afloat and our national security intact. What we really want to hear from the Government is how they’re going to provide more jobs and training for UK seafarers post-Brexit to fill a skills gap that has been allowed to grow under these intolerable, de-regulated circumstances.”