News

December 10, 2018
Fall Recruitment Update
Since launching Be A Seafarer in June we have seen an overwhelming response from youngsters… Continue reading
December 10, 2018
President’s Update: December 2018
Over the last several months, President James Given has been very busy advocating for a… Continue reading
December 10, 2018
Final Voyages – Winter 2018
    Sister Monique Laglois who joined the SIU on June 3, 1971 passed away… Continue reading
November 27, 2018
Announcing the SIU Retired Members’ Council
Our brothers and sisters remain part of the SIU family even after they retire. That is why the… Continue reading
November 20, 2018
Members’ Survey: Proud to be Seafarers and SIU Members
  As our community of Canadian Seafarers continues to grow, we have been taking steps… Continue reading
November 7, 2018
Seafarers Training Institute holding job fairs across Canada to recruit the next generation of Canadian seafarers
The Seafarers’ Training Institute is hosting job fairs across Canada in hopes of recruiting the… Continue reading
November 5, 2018
President Given sees a bright future for the SIU
  SIU of Canada President James Given has a strong vision for the future. We… Continue reading
November 1, 2018
Enhanced pension plan for members comes into effect November 1
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnvJfMBzyps[/embed]   The SIU of Canada knows the importance of saving for your retirement. That’s… Continue reading
October 25, 2018
A personalized pension plan to help all members save for retirement
Few things are more important to us than ensuring our members enjoy a comfortable retirement.… Continue reading
October 1, 2018
SIU of Canada welcomes USMCA
Maritime sector remains protected under new agreement ST CATHARINES, Oct 1, 2018 – The Seafarers’… Continue reading
September 25, 2018
ITF Inspector finds labour abuse aboard the Duzgit Endeavour
Crew members have been refused patriation and have been without pay for two months  … Continue reading
September 13, 2018
SIU of Canada welcomes changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
New policy ensures safeguards for temporary workers and increases access to jobs for Canadian Seafarers… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
Delivering on our mandate to increase jobs
I am reporting to you with good news.  Our mandate four years ago was to… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
“I would be proud to tell anyone that I am a seafarer” New recruits tell us why they want to be a seafarer
Since launching our national hiring initiative Be a Seafarer in June, we’ve heard from hundreds… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
Summer Recruitment update
Earlier this summer the Seafarers’ Training Institute launched Canada’s first ever national hiring initiative aimed… Continue reading
September 13, 2018
Employment and Social Development Canada commits to September 11, 2018 launch date for new maritime-specific Temporary Foreign Worker Program Policy co-developed by the SIU Canada
In 2015, the SIU filed 42 lawsuits stating that the Government of Canada was violating… Continue reading
September 7, 2018
Final Voyages – Summer 2018
Sister Penelope Kukta who joined the SIU on July 30, 1984 passed away on July… Continue reading
July 23, 2018
22 year-old Nicolas Smith shows us the next generation of Canadian seafarers are here to work hard and get their hands dirty
As one of the SIU’s newest recruits, Nicolas Smith is setting an example of how… Continue reading
June 25, 2018
Day of the Seafarer 2018: recognizing our members’ contribution to Canada’s maritime industry
Every year on June 25, the international maritime community recognizes the Day of the Seafarer,… Continue reading
June 14, 2018
Final Sailings – Spring 2018
BROTHER ABDOULAYE DJIGO who joined the SIU on August 30, 2016 passed away on March… Continue reading
June 13, 2018
President Given steps aboard to hear from members
Over the past few months, President Given has been busy taking the time to listen… Continue reading
June 13, 2018
Members’ Survey: An Engaged and Passionate Membership
The seafaring industry is growing, and the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada strives to continually… Continue reading
June 13, 2018
Seafarer Story: Calvin Chaulk
Calvin Chaulk grew up on the shores of Burnt Islands, Newfoundland with the stories of… Continue reading
June 12, 2018
Maritime Industry launches major youth employment initiative
Canada’s marine shipping industry hiring hundreds of Canadians for stable, good-paying jobs   ST. CATHARINES,… Continue reading
June 5, 2018
SIU of Canada will show strength at Ontario polls in support of the NDP
In the coming days, voters across Ontario will head to the polls to vote in… Continue reading
June 1, 2018
SIU of Canada Calls on the Federal Government to Enforce TFWP Standards Aboard Ships
June 1, 2018 - Montreal, QC- The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is calling… Continue reading
June 1, 2018
SIU of Canada Stands with Government of Canada on Decision to Impose Retaliatory Tariffs
  June 1, 2018 - Montreal, QC- The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) fully… Continue reading
April 9, 2018
Sacrifice at Sea: The Canadian Merchant Navy and the Second World War
When envisioning those who served in the Second World War, many picture the brave men… Continue reading
March 7, 2018
“He said I couldn’t do it, so I did it” Margaret Szopinski tells us what it means to be a female seafarer in 2018
Meet Margaret Szopinski, a Mechanical Assistant and SIU member for almost sixteen years. With a… Continue reading
February 20, 2018
President Given working to protect Canadian Seafarers and labour rights
Since our last update, SIU of Canada President James Given has been busy at home… Continue reading
February 20, 2018
Final Voyages: Winter 2018
This winter, we have seen two of our members embark on their final voyage. We… Continue reading
February 12, 2018
Member Announcement: New Online Members’ Portal
The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada is making it easier for members to have up… Continue reading
February 6, 2018
Sacrifice at Sea: The Canadian Merchant Navy and the First World War
During the First World War, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Canadian Merchant Navy played… Continue reading
January 17, 2018
NAFTA roundtable needs more maritime representation, says SIU of Canada
  January 17, 2018   Montreal, QC- Today, federal Transport Minister Garneau will be hearing… Continue reading
January 4, 2018
James Taylor: keeping his shipmates strong with a taste of home
Meet James Taylor   James is a 26-year old professionally trained chef with a passion… Continue reading
December 18, 2017
Supporting the Seafarers’ International Union of North America & the United States’ Jones Act
The SIU of Canada supports and strongly advocates for maritime Cabotage Law in Canada. We… Continue reading
December 6, 2017
President Given fighting for Canadian seafarers across the globe
Over the past few months, President Given has been busy fighting for Canadian seafarers and… Continue reading
November 30, 2017
A renewed commitment to communicating with our members
Over the past several years, our industry has experienced growth, and faced challenges and threats… Continue reading
November 30, 2017
Final Voyages
Over the past few months, we have witnessed the passing of a number of our… Continue reading
November 15, 2017
Greg Wells: A proud Canadian seafarer for over 37 years
“I really liked being on the ships. It’s hard to explain, but when I was… Continue reading
October 24, 2017
SIU of Canada advocates for labour law enforcement during strike against Algoma Tankers Limited
Algoma Tankers use foreign ships & crew while Canadian officers on strike Montreal, QC – The… Continue reading
October 24, 2017
SIU of Canada Taking Action to Stop Foreign Cabotage and Strike Breaking
Calling on Algoma Tankers Ltd. and Federal Government to enforce laws and protect Canadian workers… Continue reading
October 6, 2017
Seafarers call on the Federal Government to uphold labour standards for foreign sailors
The crew aboard the Bro Anna are working under abysmal conditions, being paid less than… Continue reading
September 13, 2017
SIU of Canada President Defends Cabotage and Canadian Seafaring at Transport Committee Hearing
“The SIU's priority is to ensure Canadian workers have opportunities for employment in the Canadian… Continue reading
February 15, 2017
Government of Canada settles SIUC lawsuits
Government of Canada settles Seafarers’ International Union of Canada lawsuits alleging systematic breaches of the… Continue reading
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