MOU partners a coalition against rural Newfoundland
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