30 September 2021
RMT Press Office:
On World Maritime Day RMT calls for support for Britain's seafarers.
On World Maritime Day seafarers’ union RMT has called for support for those working across the industry facing continuing threats to their livelihoods as we move forwards from the COVID pandemic.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:
“On World Maritime Day we pay tribute to our maritime members and their colleagues on the merchant ships and in ports around the world who have kept economies functioning in the tough and often unsafe circumstances of the pandemic.
“However, whilst passenger ferries, cruise and other sectors have cut back jobs and reduced costs, others are on course for $100bn annual profits. This inequality must be addressed to prevent another crew change crisis, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety standards.
“RMT supports diverse, properly trained seafarers and port workers who are drawn from local communities in order to reduce pollution from crewing practices and to safely re-build maritime jobs and skills.
“Trade unions are central to improving the maritime industry’s performance on equality, safety, pollution and seafarers’ rights and we call on all employers to acknowledge this on World Maritime Day.”