FFAW cowers away from province-wide debate with FISH-NL

FFAW cowers away from province-wide debate with FISH-NL

FISH-NL was made aware today the FFAW has refused a request from CBC to participate in a province-wide debate.

“This is a slap in the face to Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters,” said FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary. “Fish harvesters have expressed concerns about the absence of transparency and a lack of consultation by the FFAW, which the FFAW ignores at its peril.”

FISH-NL has been holding meetings all over the province. The 43rd and 44th meetings are being held today on the Southern Shore.

“Fish harvesters do not trust their current union for good reason,” said Cleary. “The FFAW has mutated into a corporation more interested in feeding itself than representing the best interests of its membership.”

FISH-NL is collecting membership cards from inshore fish harvesters as part of an application for certification to the Labour Relations Board.

“Harvesters have the power to change the status quo,” said Cleary. “By signing a card, they can trigger an election between the FFAW and FISH-NL.”

FISH-NL will submit membership cards with an application for certification before Christmas.  Following verification, the Labour Relations Board will announce when the vote for inshore fish harvesters will occur.