MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Brothers and sisters,
Over the last several months we have been vocally supporting Australia’s seafarers in the wake of layoffs and challenges with the Australian government. I applaud your commitment to solidarity and your willingness to stand up and fight back for our brothers and sisters overseas.
We have taken such a strong stance of support for the Aussies because it wasn’t long ago that we faced similar struggles here at home. Our members faced layoffs. We had to fight the government. Nobody understands the power it takes to fight for change in our industry better than we do. It is important that we continue to strengthen cabotage laws globally to ensure our domestic industry thrives.
Back at home, we’re continuing our efforts to grow the SIU membership with new recruits. Our Be A Seafarer campaign saw great success last year, and we look forward to the continued progress in recruiting the next generation of Canadian seafarers. As always, if you know someone interested in becoming a seafarer and joining the SIU, please let us know.
I thank you again for your ongoing support.
James Given, President