GOWER Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has met with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, which represents the seafaring industry who are seeking to increase employment and training for sailors in Wales, and improve their workers’ rights and wages.

Rebecca Evans AM heard that over 1,300 sailors add £127 million a year to the Welsh economy, yet local workers cannot always compete for this work because of ‘legal loopholes’ that allow anti-trade union companies to employ non-UK workers on contracts that pay less than the minimum wage, for months at sea.

Rebecca Evans said: “Sailors are essential for sustaining the ferry services, freight and offshore wind developments that that are key to regenerating the Welsh economy. Our maritime industry has a long and proud heritage, and I am committed to working alongside seafarers to ensure they have a good future.”

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