UK-based superyacht training school and charity UKSA has teamed up with maritime trade union Nautilus International to offer union protection to all of UKSA’s students enrolled in its Professional Yacht Cadetship.
This means all students enrolled in the UKSA superyacht programme, as of March 2016, will receive Nautilus’service record book and legal assistance and protection. The union will also be delivering regular workshops and drop-in session on site at the UK training school.
This comes as both maritime law firms and trade unions alike have revealed to The Crew Report that legal enquiries pertaining to the superyacht profession are on the up, amid increasing awareness of crew rights, likely down to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).
The trade union discussion is one that has dipped its toes into superyachting’s waters for many years, but often swept under the carpet with the ‘this isn’t relevant to yachting’ conversation. However, as UKSA announces itself as the first training school to include membership within course fees, it is evident the superyacht industry is becoming keen to find a place for trade unions in the increasingly professional superyacht employment sector.