Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the government to do more to support British merchant seamen in the North Sea who are facing increased redundancies.
Eric Tait from Orkney has started a petition on the government website demanding more action be taken to support seafarers who have been made redundant and replaced by cheaper, foreign crew. Mr Carmichael and Liam McArthur MSP have met with Mr Tait and will be raising the issues this week in the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments.
Mr Carmichael wants UK shipping companies to work with Nautilus, the maritime union, to devise a strategy to support British seafarers facing redundancy.
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
“I have tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the government to help British merchant seamen who are being made redundant. This has affected a number of local seafarers who have served the industry for many years.
“Marine recruitment companies are creating these problems. They are advertising abroad for workers but neglecting to do so in the UK. The government can look into these practices and do more to strengthen the Merchant Shipping Act.
“We have seen the strength of the UK Merchant Navy come and go over the years. It does best when the government takes its responsibilities seriously and engages with the industry – seamen and shipping companies. I want the government now to bring forward measures that will recognise the problem and do something about it.”