FISH-NL announces third leg of province-wide tour

FISH-NL announces third leg of province-wide tour 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will begin the third leg of a provincial tour this coming Monday, Nov. 28th, covering Fortune Bay, the Burin Peninsula, the Cape Shore and the Southern Shore.”

“We have 12 formal meetings scheduled, and we’ll be meeting informally with fish harvesters wherever they gather — on the wharves or stages, and in their kitchens,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL, who’s leading the tour.

“The first two legs of the tour have been a complete success; momentum continues to build as signed cards are collected and more volunteers join the fight.”

FISH-NL’s membership drive began on Nov. 1, with more than 11,000 cards distributed to date around Newfoundland and Labrador by close to 200 volunteers. The meetings provide opportunities for harvesters to express their concerns, to discuss how FISH-NL can better represent them and to sign cards that will trigger an election with the Labour Board.

“The message we heard on the second leg of the tour was much the same as the first leg – harvesters have lost trust in the FFAW and the old union is beyond repair” says Cleary. “There is hope in FISH-NL, and most harvesters are ready for change that puts their interests first.”

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Monday, November 28

2p.m. English Harbour West, Community Centre

7p.m. Harbour Breton, Southern Port Hotel

Tuesday, November 29

12p.m. Bay L’Argent , Lions club

4p.m. Marystown, Marystown Hotel

7:30p.m. Fortune, Lion’s Den

Wednesday, November 30

9a.m. Lawn, Location TBD

12:30p.m. Petite Forte, Old School

4:30p.m. Southern Harbour, Fire Hall

7:30p.m. Placentia, Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre

Thursday, December 1

2p.m. St. Bride’s, Community Centre

7p.m. Riverhead, Royal Canadian Legion

Friday, December 2

2p.m. Renews, Community centre

7p.m. Bay Bulls, Lifestyle Centre Community Room