Labour Relations Board hearing today on FISH-NL

Published on February 9, 2017
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The Labour Relations Board is meeting this morning regarding the status of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL).

The group is attempting to wrestle representation of inshore fish harvesters in the province away from the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) union.

FFAW-Unifor is disputing FISH-NL’s status.

“The FFAW … is trying to have our application for certification thrown out on any technicality they can latch onto,” FISH-NL president Ryan Cleary posted on his Facebook page yesterday.

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The board is scheduled to meet again Friday to rule on FFAW-Unifor’s request not to release its membership list to FISH-NL.

FISH-NL presented an application to the board to represent the province’s inshore fish harvesters in December.

The application included 2,352 membership cards signed by inshore harvesters from around the province. The two groups disagree over whether that number meets the 50 per cent requirement to force a vote by the board.