FISH-NL pleased with Labour Board rul­ing

FFAW must hand over list of com­mer­cial har­vesters to in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

The Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Sea Har­vesters of New­found­land and Labrador (FISH-NL) is chalk­ing up the Labour Re­la­tions Board’s lat­est de­ci­sion as an­other vic­tory.

The board ruled on Fri­day, March 10, the Fish, Food and Al­lied Work­ers (FFAW-Uni­for) union must turn over its list of com­mer­cial in­shore har­vesters for the pe­riod be­tween Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 30, 2016 to the board’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

The board also or­dered FISH-NL to pro­vide the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer with in­for­ma­tion ex­plain­ing its claim FFAW-Uni­form has far fewer mem­bers than it says.

“FISH-NL is ea­ger to meet with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer to give our in­put,” FISH-NL pres­i­dent Ryan Cleary said in a news re­lease the pre­vi­ous week­end.

“Ide­ally, FISH-NL would have liked to have been granted ac­cess to the mem­ber­ship lists to do our own re­view, but we re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Labour Re­la­tions Board and have full con­fi­dence of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer to get to the bot­tom of it.”

FISH-NL and FFAW-Uni­form are locked in a bat­tle to de­ter­mine rep­re­sen­ta­tion of in­shore har­vesters in the prov­ince with the ac­tual num­ber of fish­er­men a cru­cial fac­tor in the process.

The FFAW claims there are more than 10,000 in­shore har­vesters in the prov­ince.

FISH-NL pre­sented an ap­pli­ca­tion to the board with 2,352 signed mem­ber­ship cards in De­cem­ber.

For the Labour Re­la­tions Board to vote on the mat­ter, FISH-NL’s mem­ber­ship must be 50 per cent of the to­tal num­ber of in­shore har­vesters.

The board has also or­dered the As­so­ci­a­tion of Seafood Pro­duc­ers (ASP) to sub­mit its list of in­shore har­vesters on whose be­half mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion col­lected and re­mit­ted FFAW union dues be­tween Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 30, 2016 to its in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

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