Leaders are fighting for the survival of the Canadian Maritime Industry
OTTAWA, Sept. 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Maritime and Supply
Chain Coalition held a press conference today explaining their
significant worries concerning the Canadian-European Comprehensive
Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the lack of transparency that our
government has had when making this deal.
This free trade agreement will allow EU beneficially owned Flag of
Convenience (FOC) vessels and so-called European National Flag to trade
freely between Canadian ports without any restrictions on origin of the
crew, or level of wage and working conditions. What we can be sure
about is that this agreement will completely halt the Canadian maritime
transport sector's growth. Moreover, the communities and regions that
depend on this industry will be destroyed. Once this agreement is in
place, it will not take long before the rest of the Canadian
transportation sectors are affected, including, air, road and rail.
"This agreement will have a severe negative impact on the Canadian
Maritime Industry by opening domestic trade to foreign carriers, doing
away with our Cabotage Laws," said James Given, President, S.I.U. of
Canada and Chair, Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition. "This
is the most serious threat that we have ever faced in our industry."
Points to consider:
With no consultation process whatsoever, the government of Canada has
unilaterally taken the decision to destroy the Canadian Shipping
Industry with a trade agreement that will throw thousands of dedicated
men and women out of work.
Is Canada not a developed nation?
How can we stand for FOC vessels to trade within Canadian domestic
markets and not follow our most simple social standards?
Are we ready to go backwards and promote unregulated shipping?
What's more, are we willing to allow FOC vessel's, with no local
knowledge, to freely sail within the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great
Lakes, and the coastal waters' fragile ecosystem?
The Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition is working diligently
with representatives from various transportation unions from around the
globe to ensure that CETA is in no way successful in destroying the
Canadian marine transportation industry and the logistics that will
About the Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition: This coalition
was formed in response to the detrimental effects that
Canadian-European Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) will
have on the Canadian maritime industry and the rest of the logistic
chain. This coalition includes leaders from the following Unions from
Canada and around the globe: UNIFOR, International Longshoremen's
Association, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Alliance du
St-Laurent, Canadian Union of Public Employees- Dockers, United
Steelworkers, Canadian Labour Congress, Teamsters Canada, International
Transport Workers' Federation, European Transport Workers' Federation,
BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union, International Association of
Machinists, Maritime Union of Australia, AFL- CIO Maritime Trades
SOURCE: Seafarers' International Union of Canada
For further information:
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Seafarers' International Union of Canada