The UK's National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has known as on the British authorities to guard a whole bunch of North Sea crew positions that would doubtlessly be eradicated by the merger of offshore provide operators Tidewater and Gulfmark. The Tidewater-Gulfmark merger was finalized on November 15, creating the most important fleet within the business. It boosts Tidewater's whole fleet dimension to about 250 vessels around the globe (although the quantity will possible decline consistent with the agency's scrapping program).
The union alleges that Tidewater is refusing to debate the way forward for Gulfmark’s UK registered fleet, and it says that as much as 300 unlicensed jobs are on the road.
“Tidewater should meet us in Aberdeen for rapid dialogue of our members’ jobs on the fleet of offshore provide vessels acquired as a part of the Gulfmark takeover. We can’t have one other damaging lack of UK scores’ jobs,” mentioned RMT normal secretary Mick Cash in an announcement. “I totally count on the Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP . . . to step in to guard seafarers’ jobs within the North Sea, if crucial.”
30 of the acquired Gulfmark vessels function within the UKCS, supplying North Sea oil and gasoline rigs. According to a movement filed by Ian Mearns, a Labour Party MP representing Gateshead, these ships are the “final supply of main employment for as much as 300 UK seafarer scores on collectively bargained charges of pay within the North Sea oil and gasoline business.” RMT estimates that about 1,000 UK seafarers have misplaced their jobs on North Sea OSVs because the oil value collapse of 2014, and over 160 offshore vessels are laid up across the area.
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“As we head for the EU exit, non-EU corporations within the North Sea want a robust reminder from commerce unions and the federal government of the necessity to defend British seafarers’ jobs and commerce union rights within the OSV sector,” mentioned Cash.
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