S.I.U. and the Government of Canada join forces and focus on a Priority
Veteran Hiring Initiative
THOROLD, ON, July 23, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Seafarers' International Union
of Canada (S.I.U), the most important sailors' union in Canada,
representing the majority of unlicensed and licensed sailors working
aboard vessels across Canada, today announced that it has launched a
new initiative that will focus on priority training and hiring for
members of the Canadian Armed Forces as they transition from military
to civilian life.
The Priority Veteran Hiring Initiative will create synergy and
opportunities for both the shipping industry and Veterans Affairs
Canada. By matching the skill sets, training and experience of the
Canadian Armed Forces within the shipping industry, the S.I.U. is
further investing in Canada's future by providing opportunities in the
seafaring industry. "All of our partner companies, from coast to
coast, support the initiative to recruit and train tomorrow's
seafarers," said James Given, President, S.I.U. "With the valuable
skill sets, ambition and dedication to the Canadian Flag that veterans
bring to our industry, it is welcomed on all fronts".
"I am pleased that Seafarers' International Union of Canada is committed
to helping our Veterans find opportunities that will utilize their
skills and experience at sea. By doing this, Seafarers' are affirming
what we already know: Canada's men and women in uniform are skilled
individuals, with the experience to be top notch employees," said The
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
"Canadian Veterans are hardworking and dedicated individuals who can
contribute immensely to our country's economic growth and prosperity.
I'm confident this new partnership will lead to good things for both
Veterans and the Seafarers'," said Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.
"Our Government is committed to supporting Veterans and their families
as they leave military service and become productive members of the
civilian workforce. I applaud the Seafarers' International Union of
Canada for having the insight to tap into this highly-skilled pool of
talented individuals," said Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St.
Catharines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian
The S.I.U. looks forward to continuing its work with its partner
companies and the Government of Canada in promoting this important
initiative and providing opportunities for the men and women who have
served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
About the Seafarers' International Union of Canada: A Sailors' Union by Sailors for the benefit of Sailors. The Seafarers' International Union of Canada has been serving
unlicensed seafarers since 1938 and is affiliated with the Seafarers'
International Union of North America, presently representing 60,000
unlicensed seafarers across the continent. The most important sailors'
union in Canada, the Seafarers' International Union, better known as
the S.I.U., represents the majority of unlicensed sailors working
aboard vessels on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, on the East
Coast and the West Coast and in the Arctic. In addition to vessels
operated in Canadian waters, S.I.U. members also have the opportunity
to work aboard vessels delivering cargoes in the United States, Europe
and South America.
SOURCE: Seafarers' International Union of Canada
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