How can we safeguard a sound future for UK seafarers?
As the shipping industry grapples with the global downturn and the impact of the cuts in the offshore oil and gas sector, the fifth Nautilus UK branch conference focussed on the critical theme of Jobs, Skills and the Future.
The conference served as a key element of the Union’s new strategic campaign to protect members’ terms and conditions, defend jobs, and ensure that the industry trains the new generation of highly-skilled seafarers that it needs for ever-more sophisticated ships.
This seminar on Jobs, Skills and the Future was staged in conjunction with the Union’s 2016 UK branch conference, which was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff, on Tuesday 4 October.
Registration for the conference and seminar opened from 09:15 on 4 October. The formal part of the day, which began at 10:00, was reserved for full members only, and included discussions on the UK branch activities report and any motions submitted by members. The industry seminar on Jobs, Skills and the Future, which was open to invitees from across the maritime industry, began after lunch and finished around 17:00.
A limited amount of financial assistance is available for those UK-based full members wishing to attend UK branch conferences and who otherwise would not be able to make the journey. This will be allocated across the various categories of membership to ensure appropriate representation for each category of membership of the Union. Arrangements are made with the relevant hotel for a discounted room rate for members who are not eligible or successful in securing financial assistance from the Union.
The UK national committee was particularly keen to ensure a good turn-out from members residing in Wales (which is why the meeting was held in Cardiff) and encouraged young and female members to attend. Meetings of the Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals and Women’s Forums were held on the morning of Monday 3 October and members attending those meetings were able to stay for free to attend the branch conference the following day.
Branch conferences are open to a maximum of 100 full members in benefit (all subscriptions must be up to date). UK members need to apply for a place at the time the meetings are advertised. Those who have requested, and are approved for, financial assistance will be notified as soon as possible after the registration deadline.
For further information, contact Adele McDonald at Nautilus head office – tel: +44 (0)20 8989 6677 or email: [email protected].