The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) announced that SIU Members with Ocean BC Towing (OBCT) have reached an agreement on a new contract that was unanimously accepted by the members working with the Groupe Ocean company in British Columbia. The contract sees significant gains in all areas, raising the bar and setting the new standard for seafarers working on tugboats on Canada’s West Coast.
The contract includes a 20% wage increase in the first 3 years, a 1.5% increase to pension in 2025, transportation reimbursements, a minimum 6 hour call in during scheduled time off, improvements to the medical plan, and more that were all fought for by the negotiating committee. The SIU of Canada wishes to thank those on the negotiating committee for their hard work and participation in these negotiations. The tentative agreement was reached on September 7, 2022. All Members with Ocean BC Towing voted on the tentative agreement on September 10, 2022, concluding in 100% of Members voting in favour of the new contract.
“We take great pride in being able to provide excellent representation to our members working on the West Coast, and this agreement is a great example that a strong, unified Union is extremely important in order to secure industry-leading contracts,” stated Mike Given, Secretary Treasurer of the SIU of Canada.
SOURCE: Seafarers’ International Union of Canada