28 September 2023
RMT Press Office:
RMT today pledged its support for seafarers and safe working environments on World Maritime Day.
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT pay tribute to all maritime workers in the seas and ports around the UK and internationally on International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) World Maritime Day.
“International moves to tackle marine and air pollution risk being dangerously undermined by a failure to mandate regional collective bargaining rights.
“This means that for every maritime just transition ambition there is a P&O Ferries – flying Flags of Convenience and exploiting public fears of climate change to drive pay and conditions for seafarers down to an international minimum whilst expecting local taxpayers to fund shoreside infrastructure upgrades.
“Reform of core IMO Conventions on training seafarers to work on green fuelled ferries and offshore supply chain ships must involve Ratings unions like the RMT.
“We are facing an international Ratings shortage based on current training rates in the UK and internationally and intervention to remove barriers to training and employment for seafarers are desperately needed in maritime nations like the UK.
“On IMO World Maritime Day RMT call for local jobs to deliver a just transition for seafarers.”