Europe needs a new strategy for the maritime technologies sector which tackles unfair trade and invests in shipyards and their workforce!
At their meeting today, the European social partners for the maritime technology sector, industriAll Europe and SEA Europe, are once again joining forces and call for a strong commitment from EU policy makers to defend European industry and protect European jobs.
They are disappointed that the demands of their joint manifesto 'Maritime Technology: A Strategic Sector for Europe', issued one year ago, have not been acted on. They are thus renewing their calls that the maritime technology sector be recognised as a strategic sector for Europe and for a dedicated European sector strategy to be put in place.
They call on the new European Parliament and the new European Commission to use this mandate to invest in Europe’s industry and its workers.
Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary of industriAll Europe says: ‘’The maritime technology sector provides more than 1 million jobs in Europe. These are high-quality jobs and are crucial for many communities and regions across Europe. We cannot lose these jobs due to unfair trading practices in other countries!
‘’Workers demand that the European Institutions listen and stand up for European workers. We need a new strategy for the sector which tackles unfair trade and invests in shipyards and their workforces. There is no time to lose!”