Nautilus International's members are the lifeblood of its membership. As a democratic Union, we encourage you to have your say and help us give seafarers and inland waterway workers a national and international voice.
We offer members a range of opportunities to participate in the democracy of the Union. For example, you can vote on Union policy – and elect lay representatives, members of the Council and the general secretary.
At companies where Nautilus has a collective bargaining agreement, you can participate in negotiations on pay and conditions of employment.
And you are always welcome at Nautilus conferences and forums – where as well as helping to make policy, you can take advantage of networking opportunities with fellow members and senior figures from our industry.
Interested? This section shows how you can get more closely involved with your Union.
Have you struggled to make your voice heard about specific challenges you face at work? Does your standard issue clothing fit poorly, are you concerned about safety in enclosed spaces, or are you critical of inadequate regulations?
If fairness at work is important to you, why not become more active in your Union as a Nautilus lay representative? You'll get the chance to speak up for yourself and the rights of your colleagues – talking directly to the people who count at your company.
The Union is only as strong, effective and powerful as the members who participate in its operation and activities.
You don't have to wait for a General Meeting to get active in your Union. Each constituent nation of Nautilus International has its own policy-making forum known as the Branch Conference.
Council and general secretary elections
Many Nautilus members find that they enjoy participating in Union work as a lay representative or by attending forums and conferences, and then want to take things further by standing for election to Council.