Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson held a 'positive' first meeting with shipping minister Nusrat Ghani discussing issues affecting the employment and training of UK seafarers.
In an hour-long meeting Mr Dickinson and Ms Ghani discussed the importance of the UK maritime industry, especially as the UK negotiates new trade deals outside of the European Union.
Mr Dickinson reiterated the Union's Charter for Jobs and the outstanding issues including national minimum wage and a review of tonnage tax.
'It was a very positive first meeting,' said Mr Dickinson. 'The minister has hit the ground running and already seems to be developing a passion for the industry.
'Ms Ghani understands that she has taken over at a critical time for British shipping and is keen to see the sector become one of the "big hitters" at the Brexit table.
'I look forward to working closely with her in the future.'
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