Canadian maritime unions score cabotage rights

Canadian seafaring unions are celebrating an agreement with the national government securing cabotage rights for Canadian seafarers aboard vessels flying any flag traversing the nation’s domestic waterways.

Under the provisions agreed upon, the Canadian government will not issue any temporary foreign worker permits to foreign seafarers from outside nations for more than 30 days without the written consent of the maritime unions of Canada.

In the event that no Canadian crew are available for such a cabotage run, foreign seafarers must be granted new employment contracts which clearly show the Canadian wage rates and working conditions they are under while engaged in Canadian waters.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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