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SEAFARER JOBS ON OFFSHORE SUPPLY VESSELS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1708: tabled on 16 October 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that the planned merger in the US of offshore supply vessel (OSV) operators Gulfmark and Tidewater would create the world's largest OSV company; further notes that Gulfmark currently operate 30 British registered OSVs representing the last source of major employment for up to 300 UK seafarer Ratings on collectively bargained rates of pay in the North Sea oil and gas industry; further notes that Tidewater's global crewing model employs Filipino Ratings on a basic wage of 614 US dollars per month; is concerned by the RMT union's estimate that up to 1,000 UK seafarers have lost jobs on North Sea OSVs since oil prices crashed in 2014; notes that 166 OSVs across the North Sea are currently laid up, some in UK ports with crew paid below the national minimum wage (NMW); is alarmed that Indian crews of Malaviya 7 and Malaviya 20 OSVs were abandoned, unpaid in UK ports when their employer went bankrupt; and calls upon the Government to secure guarantees from Gulfmark and Tidewater that jobs and trade union rights for British Ratings are protected after any merger and to bring forward secondary legislation to enforce the NMW for all seafarers on OSVs from UK ports.

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.

Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 October 2018
Worthing West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 October 2018
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2018
Blyth Valley
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 October 2018
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 22 October 2018
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 October 2018
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2018
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2018
High Peak
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 October 2018
North East Fife
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 5 November 2018
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 November 2018
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hopkins, Kelvin
Independent
Signed on 18 October 2018
Luton North
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2018
Edinburgh West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 November 2018
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
Signed on 22 October 2018
Hemel Hempstead
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 29 October 2018
St Helens South and Whiston
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2018
Brighton, Kemptown
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 October 2018
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 October 2018
Strangford
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2018
Bolsover
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 October 2018
Glasgow South West
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2018
Perth and North Perthshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.