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The participation of our members is key to securing better pay and conditions, writes Nautilus International executive officer Martyn Gray
As inflation surges, many people are looking to Nautilus International to defend the value of their salary.
Nautilus regularly works with companies where we hold collective bargaining rights on the issues faced by our members. In recent times these discussions have focused on workloads, pensions, minimising the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, and, of course, the increasing cost of living.
In uncertain times many companies will be considering whether to follow the economic wisdom of persons such as Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, who claimed in recent interviews that restricting wage growth is vital for keeping a grip on inflation.
Employers in both the private and public sector appear to be heeding his call, even as inflation continues to outpace wage growth and despite more than a decade of real-terms wage reduction.
What we are doing
In this climate, some Nautilus members occasionally comment to us that they believe our efforts as a union are not enough, and even start to question the benefit of membership.
Yet the fact is that maritime professionals need to be with Nautilus now more than ever.
As the world lurches from a public health crisis into geopolitical instability and a cost-of-living crisis unseen since last century, Nautilus supports our members both industrially and legally, and continues to defend and enforce the rights of those we represent. We campaign globally, nationally and locally for the best possible outcomes for maritime professionals.
For some members we are able to go further and engage with companies in reviewing pay and conditions. In doing so, we strive for pay uplifts that are reflective of cost-of-living pressures, productivity increases, profitability gains and changes to ways of working.
Our members have consistently performed throughout the pandemic and are continuing to perform despite current challenges. During negotiations, Nautilus is making clear that wage stagnation is not a sustainable approach for companies that experience large profits/revenue increases.
The fact is that maritime professionals need to be with Nautilus now more than ever Martyn Gray, Nautilus International executive officer