Labour Re­la­tions Board de­nies FISH-NL har­vester vote re­quest

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL -

ST. JOHNS, NL — FISH-NL pres­i­dent Ryan Cleary is ac­cus­ing the prov­ince’s Labour Re­la­tions Board (LRB) of pur­posely de­lay­ing the group’s ap­pli­ca­tion for union cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

In a Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Sea Har­vesters of New­found­land and Labrador re­lease is­sued on Fri­day, Cleary says the would-be union is “dis­ap­pointed” with the board’s de­ci­sion to deny a re­quest to al­low in­shore har­vesters vote for the union they wish to rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests.

“What’s more, pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion blocks har­vesters from tak­ing part in free en­ter­prise that out­side fish buy­ers aren’t al­lowed in,” Cleary wrote.

“Where else in the demo­cratic world would this be per­mit­ted? Har­vesters are the most con­trolled labour group in the prov­ince, coun­try, and west­ern world.”

In a re­sponse to FISH-NL, board CEO Glenn Bran­ton in­di­cated that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ap­pli­ca­tion is on­go­ing and sug­gested that all par­ties con­tinue to sup­port it. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan Dec. 30, 2016.

Cleary sug­gests that is a chal­lenge be­cause of the quota cuts, lim­ited buy­ers, and be­cause the Fish Food and Al­lied Work­ers Union has “lost its way.”

He went on to say that FFAW-Uni­for col­lects more money from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, and from oil com­pa­nies than it does from union dues.

“Con­flicts of in­ter­est are ram­pant, and the union has clearly crossed the line and be­come in­volved in fish­eries man­age­ment,” Cleary wrote.

“The nor­mal union/man­age­ment dy­namic has been mu­tated into a labour mon­ster.”

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