In response to the debate, we heard from @captmikehitch, who spoke out about his thoughts on the show. "It will be interesting to see the type of people who turn up after this," he tweeted, and echoed The Crew Report's sentiments that the show was not giving a true representation of the realities of our industry.
The Crew Report took to Twitter about the topic and heard two of these such opinions from @captmikehitch (pictured above) and @CaptainAndy852 (pictured below). "Maybe a good basis but real leadership comes with experience," said @captmikehitch and "HELM training is useful but won't turn every student into a good leader or manager," said @CaptainAndy8502.
With the implementation date of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) passing in August this year, the topic of unions for yacht crew was in heated discussion among crewmembers. With many thinking that unions do not have a place in the superyacht industry, as it may discourage much-needed owners, others thought they could be essential to protecting crew rights.
Joining the debate was @CaptainAndy8502; "I personally think the word 'union' does carry with it an image of negativity, confrontation and militancy, rightly or wrongly," he tweeted, and suggested that what was needed was a professional organisation to protect the rights of crew, rather than union.
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