The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) has released a report on workplace harassment and bullying in the Canadian marine sector, revealing that 46% of seafarers have experienced harassment or bullying in their careers. The report is based on data gathered from a survey conducted by the Union in the Summer of 2023, sent to all members of the SIU Canada. The report highlights concerns in an industry facing a shortage of workers and aims to start a conversation about addressing harassment at sea to make seafaring a more attractive career option.
The survey found that 69% of female seafarers and 67% of those harassed at work were harassed by a superior. Additionally, 48% of those who were harassed did not report the behavior to their employer, and 60% felt their employer was not doing enough to protect them from harassment. The SIU Canada plans to work with companies, shipowners, and government to address the issues brought up in the report and is committed to finding solutions to end harassment and bullying at sea.
The Coast Guard has released policies to enhance crew safety and prevent and respond to sexual misconduct, including harassment, within the maritime industry. Additionally, the Britannia Club has released tips for seafarers to combat bullying and harassment. The SIU Canada emphasizes the need for all industry stakeholders to ensure a safe and harassment-free work environment for workers in the Canadian marine sector.