Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition Urges for Full Disclosure
MONTREAL, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Maritime and Supply
Chain Coalition today learned that European Member States have until
September 12, 2014 to make amendments to the text of the
Canadian-European Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). Based
on this new information, the Coalition is demanding that the Canadian
Government release the full text of the agreement for review.
"The secrecy and lack of transparency by Prime Minister Harper and his
Government is nothing short of contempt for the Canadian taxpayer,"
said James Given, President, S.I.U. of Canada and Chair, Canadian
Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition. "It's time that they put up or
It is imperative that the CETA agreement not enter into force until it
has been fully debated and consequently agreed on by Canadian
Parliament and European Parliament Members. Moreover, the Coalition
suggests that a referendum be held on this very important trade deal so
that Canadians can have their say before this becomes law and the
damage cannot be reversed. "If Prime Minister Harper is so confident
about CETA, then an election should be held to let Canadians have their
say. One thing that we can agree on is that no one gave the
Conservatives the mandate to sell Canadians' jobs to EU ship owners!"
continued Mr. Given.
The Canadian Maritime and Supply Chain Coalition stresses the urgency of
the release of this agreement and maintains that if CETA comes to
fruition it will eliminate thousands of Canadian jobs in the Maritime
Trades by weakening and abolishing the Cabotage Laws. Furthermore, it
will not take long before the rest of the Canadian transportation
sectors are affected, including, air, road and rail.
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: Seafarers' International Union of Canada,
Seafarers' International Union of North America, 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 Department, Canadian Maritime Workers' Council,
Canadian Merchant Service Guild, International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers Seaway Task Force.
SOURCE: Seafarers' International Union of Canada
For further information:
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
Seafarers' International Union of Canada