“Unforgivably, more than 400,000 of our seagoing colleagues and seafarers, who underpin the movement of goods around the world, are currently stranded on board their vessels, because governments will not recognise their crucial role and prioritise them for immigration and travel purposes,” it said.
Some of them have been at sea for more than a year, the letter said, adding that about 90 per cent of global trade relies on shipping and the success and scale of shopping events such as Cyber Monday wouldn’t be possible without their work.
“Throughout some of the most difficult conditions in living memory, they have continued to transport the goods needed to satisfy the demand generated by platforms including Amazon,” it said.
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