|Twenty MAERSK ships heading for the breakers yard ?|
The shipping Union RMT has today expressed bitter disappointment at the industry announcement that Maersk plans to reduce its current seagoing fleet of 56 merchant ships by some 20 vessels.
RMT National Secretary Steve Todd, RMT National Secretary said: “Maersk’s announcement that it intends to get rid of more than a third of its fleet represents another bitter blow to an industry already decimated by too many job losses in the last eighteen months.
“The industry appears to be in free fall with no government intervention to stop it or save it. This is going to lead to yet more job losses for British seafarers.
“RMT is seeking a very early meeting with the company to try and establish exactly how many jobs are at risk, with a view to minimising the numbers. In this already hard-hit industry the union will be fighting to save every job it possibly can.”
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