MOU part­ners a coali­tion against ru­ral New­found­land

The Compass - - OPINION -

protest­ing any re­duc­tion in their work­force.

How­ever, the FFAW that rep­re­sents fish­ers and plant­work­ers is do­ing the op­po­site by ac­tively cam­paign­ing to re­duce the num­ber of fish­ers, shut down in­shore fish­ing en­ter­prises, re­duce the in­de­pen­dent off­shore fleet, re­duce the num­ber of fish plant work­ers, shut down fish plants, en­sure that the pro­ces­sors have to­tal con­trol of the fish­ing in­dus­try, and shut down ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador.

And if the FFAW lead­er­ship gets their way, it will hap­pen, and sooner rather than later.

If the FFAW were in any other prov­ince in Canada, or for that mat­ter in any other re­gion of North Amer­ica, act­ing in this man­ner, the lead­er­ship of the union would be tarred and feath­ered, tossed out into the street and pointed in the di­rec­tion of the near­est em­ploy­ment in­surance of­fice.

Fish­ers of this prov­ince have been abused by mer­chants and those of author­ity for over 500 years to the point where it’s now embed­ded in our DNA that to protest or chal­lenge those of author­ity is fu­tile and only re­sults in re­tal­i­a­tion.

We are such a trust­ing pop­u­la­tion, at times to a fault, that we be­lieve what those in author­ity tell us with­out giv­ing it a sec­ond thought. If fish­ers and plant work­ers don’t start com­plain­ing and protest­ing the ac­tions of CAR­NAL and de­mand, es­pe­cially from their union, to pro­tect their jobs, life­style, and her­itage, there will be noth­ing to pro­tect.

The new CAR­NAL rule for New­found­land and Labrador is: what’s good for the part­ners that make up CAR­NAL is not good for ru­ral NL. Brian Pol­lard Bishop’s Falls

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