Last month the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) protested in Aberdeen for the national minimum wage to apply to seafarers working on commercial vessels in the North Sea. The Chamber of shipping has indicated that according to the UK Government’s guidance on fair pay, it is unlikely that the national minimum wage will apply. It is an irony that the new UK report providing guidance on remuneration for seafarers was initiated following concerns that offshore workers operating in UK waters should be paid the minimum wage for their work.
The RMT argues that the report has been influenced by the lobbying of ship owners against the legislative changes required to make the National Mininmum Wage apply equally to offshore seafarers. They are also concerned that this will contribute further to the reduction in numbers of UK Seafarers and the national maritime skills base.