Seafarers should enjoy the same sort of working conditions and welfare rights as people who work ashore, UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani told a meeting at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 16 January.
Seafarers onboard a flag of convenience ship detained in the UK port of Runcorn have been suffering atrocious conditions in British waters, being paid wages as low as US$0.85 an hour.
Nautilus International has written to the Angolan ambassador to the UK to protest about the unjust treatment of the crew of an offshore support vessel detained in the port of Soyo.
Almost two-thirds of Nautilus members would consider moving to a shipping company which offers better onboard connectivity, research conducted by the Union.
British shipowners have been challenged to ‘step up in some key areas’ — including action to dramatically reduce the industry’s fatal accident record, which is 20 times higher than the level ashore.
Nautilus International is calling for radical new thinking to stop the rising death toll among merchant seafarers involved in lifeboat drills.
The company plans to cut 650 jobs worldwide, including 150 in the Netherlands, and scrap 24 ships despite making EUR440 million profit in 2015 and EUR148 million in the first half of 2016.