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TUC calls for seafarers to be protected in Red Sea crisis

12 February 2024

The UK Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for maritime employers to ensure the safety and welfare of seafarers is respected during the current crisis in the Red Sea.

In a letter to the UK government regarding the current war in Palestine, the TUC urged ministers to help bring about an end to escalating violence and support a just peace, and addressed the impact of attacks off the coast of Yemen on maritime workers.

'We're worried about the escalation of this violence to the wider Middle East and the impacts this could have, including on workers in the region,' the TUC said.

'The current escalation of violence to the Red Sea, Straits of Hormuz and the eastern Mediterranean is impacting on seafarers' safety. All parties must respect the safety and welfare of seafarers, including the need for shipping employers to respect the right of seafarers to choose not to work in and around what is now a designated war zone.'

Click here for more information on the Red Sea situation, including Nautilus International's work on behalf of members and maritime professionals.