The UK referendum vote to leave the European Union provides a unique opportunity to set ambitious goals for the future of the country’s maritime industries.
Nautilus International is campaigning to encourage maritime organisations and the UK government to work together to deliver decent work for British seafarers, in the interests of the nation’s strategic and economic needs, and deliver on promises made in the run-up to the referendum.
The Union is working to place the 10-point Charter for Jobs at the forefront of any strategy or manifesto to promote the UK’s maritime sector and ensure increased employment and training opportunities for our seafarers.
Without the essential component of British seafarers, the continued success of the UK’s maritime cluster is under threat.
The Charter for Jobs is an SOS to deliver on promises made during the European Union referendum debate in 2016, and prioritise Jobs, Skills and a decent Future for UK maritime professionals.
Alongside the Charter for Jobs, a supporting document is available which gives a detailed explanation behind the reasons for each charter point and how they will improve the whole UK maritime sector.
A number of events and activities will be taking place in 2017 to promote the charter and achieve meaningful agreement from government and industry. Members will have the opportunity to take part and further information will appear in the news section and linked here.
The 10-points are:
1. Secure 100% financial support for the cost of training UK-resident seafarers to avoid a serious skills shortage within the next decade.
2. Review shipowner tax relief schemes (Tonnage Tax) so the UK remains attractive to owners whilst promoting the training and employment of UK-resident seafarers.
3. Maximise the employment of British seafarers in the UK, especially in:
- coastal shipping
- passenger and freight ferry services
- offshore windfarms
- offshore oil and gas exploration and decommissioning
4. Develop a national maritime strategy with support from trade unions, government and industry.
5. Encourage investment in UK maritime education and training so it retains its world-leading status.
6. End support for the Red Ensign Group of registers and encourage British shipowners to return to the UK Ship Register.
7. Improve the system for issuing foreign seafarers with Certificates of Equivalent Competency to deliver more opportunities for British seafarers on UK ships.
8. Apply the National Minimum Wage (and the National Living Wage) and the Equality Act to all vessels engaged in UK waters.
9. Promote the employment of UK-resident seafarers on routes between UK ports (cabotage) including the North Sea offshore sector.
10. Ensure all existing health, safety, environmental and employment legislation is maintained following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.