Flag of Convenience Vessel an Eye-Sore at the Port of Sorel
MONTREAL, Aug. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Seafarers' International Union of
Canada (S.I.U), the most important sailors' union in Canada,
representing the majority of unlicensed sailors working aboard vessels
across Canada, today announced that it has donated funds to the crew
via the SIU/ITF Inspector to aid the twelve Turkish sailors aboard the
Panamanian flagged vessel, the Phoenix Sun.
The Phoenix Sun has been docked in Sorel, Quebec, for the last two
years. It has become such an eye-sore for residents that they recently
signed a petition for its removal. The Turkish crew was flown in to
Sorel to help restore the vessel to sailing condition so that its
owners could remove it. Since arriving in Sorel, the twelve Turkish
sailors have been left without wages. To worsen matters, they are now
without food. ITF Inspector Vince Giannopoulos and Transport Canada
are currently working to ensure that these sailors are paid their wages
and that they are given flights home as soon as possible. "I have had
the honor to meet these men on a few occasions now, and I commend them
for their perseverance during this challenging time," said Vince
Giannopoulos, ITF Inspector.
In the meantime, the S.I.U. of Canada has donated money for food via the
ITF/SIU Inspector so that these men can eat. "Our brother sailors from
Turkey came onboard this Flag of Convenience vessel to work and earn a
living- to be left without food is barbaric and beyond comprehension,"
said James Given, President, S.I.U. of Canada. "The S.I.U. of Canada
works closely with the ITF to ensure that our Brothers and Sisters are
not exploited and that their basic human rights are met."
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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