With less than two weeks until voters head to the polls in Newfoundland and Labrador for a Provincial election on February 13, 2021, the SIU is urging members who are residents of the Province to review what is being put forward by each electoral candidate in their riding and to consider what the Parties are promising as part of their plan to govern, if elected.
It is no secret that the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador is in a serious and unprecedented situation financially and as a Union we strongly believe that now is the time for bold ideas and strong leadership. With approximately twenty percent of the Union’s active membership having residence in the Province, the SIU has a vested interest in the outcome of this election as the next Government will need to undertake one of the most ambitious plans to date to help lift the Province out of economic hardship. Members should be looking for which Party is going to put workers and their families first.
With very little information available in terms of a concrete platform from the Parties on what they plan to work towards if elected, the Union is looking to the Parties to make their plans known immediately so that members and their families can make an informed choice. We encourage our members and their families to review those platforms as they are released, to vote in the upcoming election and to engage with local candidates about their own priorities.
As a union, the SIU would like to see all Parties in Newfoundland and Labrador commit to programs that will support workers and their families and create and support jobs in the Province, including in the offshore and marine transportation sector where many of our members are employed.
More specifically, the Union is looking for Parties to make commitments on:
The SIU remains committed to supporting pro-labour, pro-worker political candidates that will work with us to ensure continued success in the domestic marine shipping sector, which means promoting the use of Canadian-flagged and Canadian-crewed vessels in all marine operations in Canada while also putting forward policy and regulations that benefit workers and their families.
Election Day is February 13, 2021
For information on voting and voter eligibility in Newfoundland and Labrador please visit: https://www.elections.gov.nl.ca/elections/voters/registration.html