Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on shipping companies to work with the maritime union, Nautilus, to support seafarers 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.
Liam McArthur MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP have met with Mr Tait and will be raising the issues this week in the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments.
Orkney’s MSP has also written to the Minister for Transport and Islands calling on the Scottish to make representations to the Department for Transport on this matter.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“The high level of redundancies we have seen in the UK merchant shipping sector is a real concern, especially for the families left without an immediate income.
“It is particularly troubling to hear suggestions that cost cutting in the sector could be increasing the likelihood of potential breaches in safety.
“This is something I believe require investigation. I have therefore written to the Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay calling him to work with his UK counterparts to address these concerns and do more to protect our merchant shipping industry.”