6 September 2019
RMT Press Office
RMT to hold Save Our Seafarers 2020 Rally in Parliament – Wednesday 11th September
Maritime union RMT will be holding a rally in Parliament during ‘London International Shipping Week’, a series of events backed by industry and the Department for Transport to promote UK shipping interests, particularly in the City of London, to the world’s shipowners.
The rally will take place on Wednesday 11th September, 5-7pm, Jubilee Room, House of Commons SW1A 0AA
Invited speakers include: Mick Cash (RMT General Secretary); Karl Turner MP (Labour, Shadow Shipping Minister); Laura Pidcock MP (Labour, Shadow Minister for Labour); Lilian Greenwood MP (Labour, Transport Select Committee Chair); Darren Procter (RMT National Secretary) and Mark Carden (RMT Assistant National Secretary/SOS 2020 Co-ordinator).
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“Whilst wealthy shipowners are indulged by Government at champagne receptions, the SOS 2020 rally will spell out the reality of seafarer employment in our shipping industry for the tens of thousands of Ratings recruited outside the UK.
“These exploited workers are on contracts demanding months of working 12-hour days at sea for rates of pay below the RMT’s collectively bargained rate and the legal minimum. This shameful model is continuing to devastate jobs and training for seafarers and the RMT will be the only trade union consistently highlighting these disgraceful employment practices during London International Shipping Week.
“Following the Government’s commitment to legislate in the autumn to extend the National Minimum Wage Act to cover seafarers working between UK ports and out to offshore energy installations, the rally will also be used to make sure there is no back sliding on delivering this modest and overdue reform and to demand that is rolled out throughout the industry.”