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St Lawrence Seaway Putting Efficiency Ahead of Safety, Claim Striking Workers

(Gavin van Marle – The Loadstar)

The St Lawrence Seaway is expected to be shut this weekend after a Canadian union almost unanimously voted to strike, effectively cutting off the agricultural hinterland of Canada and the northern exporting region of the US Great Lakes from the Atlantic deepsea shipping.

Members of the UNIFOR union this week served notice to the St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), the body that manages the seaway, that it would launch action around lunchtime today – a protest at plans to introduce an automated mooring system along the waterway’s locks that could cost hundreds of jobs. Read more here.