RMT welcome publicly funded Shields Ferry project in North Tyneside

RMT welcome publicly funded Shields Ferry project in North Tyneside

10 February 2021

RMT Press Office:

SHIELDS FERRY UNION RMT today welcomed the plan from Nexus and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership for a new £8.8m landing for the Shields Ferry on Western Quay in North Tyneside.

In a letter to NEXUS welcoming the proposal, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“RMT members on the Shields Ferry and across Nexus welcome this progressive decision to invest in a new landing at Western Quay and look forward to contributing to its delivery.

“We also look forward, as a Union to further engagement as part of this and other projects to deliver the Nexus Ferry Strategy to 2024, including the delivery of new vessels powered by clean energy, operated by local people and covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the RMT.”

Mick Cash said;

“RMT is campaigning hard to defend and Increase jobs for ferry workers in a changing maritime sector so the announcement of a new swathe of £8.8m in public funding for a landing for the Shields Ferry in North Tyneside is very welcome news.

“The union was pleased to support the proposal in our response to the North East Transport Plan 2021-2035 and we believe that Nexus and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership now have a real opportunity to use all public investment in connectivity and clean energy, to dramatically increase employment and training for local workers, and to drive up employment standards.

“We are looking forward to further engagement as part of this and other projects to deliver the Nexus Ferry Strategy to 2024.”

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Note for Editors
 
The full text of the letter can be found below:
 
Cathy Massarella 
Major Projects Director
NEXUS
Nexus House
33 St James' Blvd
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
NE1 4AX
 
Our Ref: S1/2/21
10th February 2021
 
Dear Cathy
 
Proposals for new Shields Ferry landing in Western Quay, North Tyneside
 
I write in response to your letter to RMT and other stakeholders last month announcing Nexus and the North East LEP’s plans for a new North Shields landing for the iconic Shields Ferry.
 
This is very welcome news for maritime workers and passengers in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and something which my union supported in our response to the North East Transport Plan 2021-2035. The two-ferry fleet carried 375,000 passengers and countless more on private hire in 2019 and it is essential for Shields Ferry services to be integrated into wider regeneration plans that will help workers and communities on both banks of the Tyne fight back from the economic impact of the pandemic.
 
Increasing jobs for ferry workers in a changing maritime sector is one of RMT’s key aims. This also fits with the broader regional and national imperatives to fight climate change and increase the number of green, unionised jobs in public transport and offshore energy. The North East region is particularly well placed to benefit from this, as you will know. Working with RMT and other trade unions, Nexus and the LEP have a real opportunity to use all public investment in connectivity and clean energy, to dramatically increase employment and training for local workers, and to drive up employment standards. 
 
RMT members on the Shields Ferry and across Nexus welcome this progressive decision to invest in a new landing at Western Quay and look forward to contributing to its delivery. We also look forward, as a Union to further engagement as part of this and other projects to deliver the Nexus Ferry Strategy to 2024, including the delivery of new vessels powered by clean energy, operated by local people and covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the RMT.
 
I look forward to further engagement on this important project with Nexus and its contractors.
 
Yours sincerely
  
Mick Cash
General Secretary

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