RMT members take ferry protest to Grayling’s door
RMT members are today taking their demands for a fair deal for British workers on government Brexit ferry contracts direct to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
The union has organised a protest outside the Department for Transport, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR at 10am, setting out the following three core demands on the government contracts:
1. all ferries to be fully crewed up with UK ratings
2. recognition of UK trade unions.
3. UK employment laws to be fully complied with.
The RMT protest comes after a slew of publicity around the Seaborne Freight contract awarded at public expense by Chris Grayling and the on-going dredging of Ramsgate Harbour. Yesterday, Unite called for Grayling to resign over the Eurotunnel fiasco.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “There has been a barrage of publicity around the government’s Brexit ferry contracts and the union has written to both Chris Grayling, who is in control of the arrangements, and the companies involved demanding basic assurances on UK ratings jobs, union recognition and full compliance with UK employment laws.
“RMT has no intention of allowing any backsliding, or any stitch-ups of UK seafarers, and that is why we are making our position public with the protest at the Department for Transport on Friday morning. We will not allow the scandal of the Ships of Shame in British waters, where poverty pay below the minimum wage and shocking working conditions are endemic, to roll over to these contracts.
“Under RMT’s SOS2020 campaign banner we have been fighting for a fair deal and increased employment opportunities across the UK maritime sector. We will taking that message direct to Chris Grayling in the wake of his Brexit contracts today. We expect him, and the companies he has contracted, to meet our demands in full as a matter of urgency.”
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