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SOS 2020 CAMPAIGN FOR SEAFARERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 516: tabled on 11 October 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that merchant shipping handles 95 per cent of the UK's internationally traded goods, carries over 22 million passengers and makes a direct contribution to the UK economy of over £3 billion every year; is concerned that UK seafarer numbers have fallen by nearly 60 per cent in the last 30 years and that UK seafarers are ageing, with a significant number of ratings and officers expected to retire by 2020; further notes that this decline is the result of factors such as the exclusion of seafarers from full employment and equality rights, persistently low levels of training, public unawareness and the rise of Flag of Convenience registers; believes that the UK is on the verge of a maritime skills crisis which threatens the UK's national economic, social and security interests; is alarmed that rates of pay well below the national minimum wage are common amongst non-UK ratings recruited overseas to work on ships from UK ports; and calls on the Government to support the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' SOS 2020 campaign to repair the maritime skills base by extending employment and equality rights, safety standards and jobs and training for UK seafarers.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.