Have the vote

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

The pur­pose of the fish­er­men’s union was to pro­tect the in­ter­est of the fish­ing peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador.

The fish­er­peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador were mem­bers of the UFCW but broke away from this union with the help of Richard Cashin and Earl McCurdy to form the FFAW. Why? To join with UNIFOR – only to cover dirty deals and tracks.

Pre­mier Ball does not want to help the fish­er­men be­cause FFAW is do­ing what the pre­mier wants to ac­com­plish: to get rid of ru­ral New­found­land Labrador.

Min­is­ter Byrne will not help! He gets a fed­eral pen­sion and a pro­vin­cial pen­sion. We only see him at elec­tion time when he needs our vote.

Min­is­ter Byrne has can­celled three meet­ings with FISH-NL but he meets with the FFAW. His lack of in­ter­est and re­spect for our or­ga­ni­za­tion is demon­strated through his un­will­ing­ness to hear our side of the story.

Mr. Byrne: We trusted you and voted for you. We thought YOU had our best in­ter­ests at heart.

I have been re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion such as fi­nan­cial state­ments from the FFAW for sev­eral years. I am un­able to ob­tain these records. This in­di­cates they are try­ing to hide in­for­ma­tion from the peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador. The union con­sti­tu­tion states they must re­lease the records to its union mem­bers.

Our hu­man rights are be­ing vi­o­lated. Our fore­fa­thers fought many years ago for the fishery. Once again, we must stand to­gether as a group and FIGHT for our right­ful place in the fish­ing in­dus­try.

We feel we are for­got­ten and must demon­strate through peace­ful means how we feel. We are try­ing to voice our opin­ions and free­dom of rights through peace­ful demon­stra­tions. Cer­tain or­ga­ni­za­tions are at­tempt­ing to keep us quiet by threat­en­ing to charge us. They do not want us to speak out, they are fear­ful! What are they try­ing to hide?

If the FFAW are con­vinced the ma­jor­ity of the fish­er­men want them to rep­re­sent them – have the vote and stop the hard­ship for the fisher peo­ple and move for­ward!

Dean Of­frey Sr. Port au Choix

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