SIU of Canada welcomes USMCA

October 1, 2018
Maritime sector remains protected under new agreement

ST CATHARINES, Oct 1, 2018 – The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada welomes the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which has not compromised protection of the maritime sector in all three countries.


“We are very pleased to see concessions were not made for maritime,” says James Given, President, SIU of Canada. “Enforced cabotage law and labour protections are central to ensure ongoing confidence in the maritime sector at home and internationally.  We welcome continued commitments to these areas under the new agreement.”


The SIU is currently reviewing the agreement in depth and looks forward to commenting further in the near future.




About the SIU of Canada: The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is affiliated with the Seafarers’ International Union of North America serving unlicensed sailors since 1938. The most important sailors’ union in Canada, the SIU represents the majority of unlicensed sailors working aboard vessels on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, on the East and West Coasts. In addition to vessels operated in Canadian waters, SIU members also have the opportunity to work aboard vessels delivering cargoes in the United States, Europe and South America.