FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, Aug. 24th, 2018
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is encouraged that the province’s Labour Relations Board has agreed to consider its arguments to proceed with an immediate vote for inshore harvesters to decide their union fate.
(FROM LEFT) LAWYER DAVID GOODLAND, FISH-NL PRESIDENT RYAN CLEARY, FISHERMAN BOYD LAVERS
(CAPT. OF THE OVER 40-FOOT FLEET), AND FISHERMAN RICHARD GILLETT, VICE-PRESIDENT. TELEGRAM PHOTO
“We are confident harvesters will get the vote they’ve been waiting almost 21 months for once the Board considers all evidence,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “A vote is the only way to determine the true wishes of inshore harvesters.”
On Monday, Aug. 20th, the Labour Relations Board held a hearing to define an inshore harvester.
Prior to the hearing, FISH-NL had also requested that once the definition was dealt with, the Board should order an immediate vote based on extreme intimidation by the FFAW-Unifor, the unacceptable delay in dealing with the application for certification, and the right of harvesters under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to choose their union representation.
The Labour Relations Board refused to deal with that specific request at Monday’s hearing, but later issued an order for FISH-NL to provide a written submission.
That submission must be provided to the Labour Relations Board by Aug. 31st. The other parties (the FFAW-Unifor and Association of Seafood Producers) will then have until Sept. 7th to respond, and FISH-NL will have until Sept. 12 to respond to the positions of the other parties.
“The Labour Relations Board could be in a position to finally rule on FISH-NL’s application for certification after Sept. 12th,” says Cleary.
FISH-NL’s submitted its application on Dec. 30th, 2016, almost 21 months ago.