ILWU Rally Against the Upcoming Changes to Cabotage – February 23, 2017

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We were  joined by the BC Ferry Workers Union, Unifor, International Union of Operating Engineers, and Seafarers International Union.

Guest speakers included the following:

Rob Ashton – ILWU Canada Click here to hear his speech

Peter Lahay – International Transportation Federation – National Coordinator Click here to hear his speech

Terry Engler – ILWU Local 400 Click here to hear is speech

Gavin McGarrgle – Unifor Click here to hear his speech

Irene Lazinger – BC Federation of Labour Click here to hear her speech

Peter Hart – Inland Boatmen’s Union – Seattle

Paddy Crumlin – Maritime Union of Australia & International Transport Federation Click here to hear his speech

We are the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, ILWU Local 400, International Longshore Association and the Seafarers International Union — and we are marching in defence of the maritime jobs and the coastlines now under attack by the Federal Liberal Government.

They’re out to dismantle cabotage — the legal guarantees that keep maritime work in Canada in the hands of trained and dedicated Canadian workers. We’re calling out the Trudeau government for its intention to adopt the Emerson Report on the Canadian Transportation Act — which will dismantle the safety net of regulations that requires people and goods moving between two Canadian locations be transported by Canadian companies with Canadian equipment and Canadian workers.

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The Trudeau Liberals are about to adopt a report that will:

  • Kill 12,000 good maritime jobs that support families and communities across Canada. They will lay off every Canadian who works aboard a ship, a tug, a ferry, a barge or a dredge;
  • They will get rid of unionized Canadian Seafarers with the ability to speak up and stop environmental degradation when they see it;
  • They will allow the industry to hire foreign seafarers for as little as $1.26 per hour – vulnerable, poorly paid foreign workers who fear retribution and blacklisting if they speak up. (and maritime jobs are just the beginning. Job losses will mushroom across air and rail transport in the tens of thousands);
  • They will further privatize Canada’s ports — built with billions of dollars of public infrastructure investment — and slash their payments to surrounding municipalities;
  • They will let corporate investors drive decisions on opening our Arctic, and coordinate decisions on climate-change action with the United States, a country now poised to dismantle its already minimal environmental commitment.

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The solution to this assault on our communities and our coasts is to LEAVE CANADIANS ON DECK AND HANDS OFF OUR DOCKS! YOU CAN HELP SAVE OUR COAST AND OUR JOBS!

Send an email to: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Transportation Minister Marc Garneau, the BC Liberal caucus leader Hedy Fry and your MP. Demand they protect good paying Canadian jobs and our environment by rejecting the Emerson Report. 

For more information, please contact ILWU Canada. And please let ILWU Canada know when you contact politicians; we are adding up the outrage.

 ILWU Canada: 604-254-8141 or  officers@ilwu.ca

 ILWU Local 400: 604-251-7174 or  ilwu400@telus.net

 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca or Justin Trudeau, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario KlA OA6

 Transportation Minister Marc Garneau: marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca or Marc Garneau, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario KlA OA6

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 NOTE: Letters to the House of Commons can be mailed free, no stamp needed

To see a video of Paddy Crumlin, guest speaker from the ITF/MUA click here

We were also joined by the BC Ferry Workers Union, Unifor, International Union of Operating Engineers, and Seafarers International Union.

Guest speakers included the following:

Rob Ashton – ILWU Canada Click here to hear his speech

Peter Lahay – International Transportation Federation – National Coordinator Click here to hear his speech

Terry Engler – ILWU Local 400 Click here to hear is speech

Gavin McGarrgle – Unifor Click here to hear his speech

Irene Lazinger – BC Federation of Labour Click here to hear her speech

Peter Hart – Inland Boatmen’s Union – Seattle

Paddy Crumlin – Maritime Union of Australia & International Transport Federation Click here to hear his speech

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