Del­e­ga­tion seeks com­pen­sa­tion for plant work­ers af­fected by ice con­di­tions

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS - Tele­gram@thetele­

With emer­gency fund­ing sorted out for fish har­vesters suf­fer­ing from sea ice con­di­tions, a del­e­ga­tion from this prov­ince is now lob­by­ing Ot­tawa to in­clude plant work­ers in the com­pen­sa­tion pack­age.

A del­e­ga­tion in­clud­ing Steve Crocker, the prov­ince’s min­is­ter of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources, and mem­bers of the Fish, Food and Al­lied Work­ers union (Ffaw-uni­for) are in Ot­tawa meet­ing with Jean-yves Du­c­los, the fed­eral min­is­ter of Fam­i­lies, Chil­dren and So­cial De­vel­op­ment, to dis­cuss al­low­ing plant work­ers to ac­cess some of the $5 mil­lion put for­ward for har­vesters.

In a state­ment re­leased Mon­day, FFAW pres­i­dent Keith Sul­li­van says plant work­ers and har­vesters have been equally af­fected by the sea ice con­di­tions.

“These fam­i­lies have been with­out in­come for over two months by no fault of their own, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of the worst ice con­di­tions we’ve seen in re­cent mem­ory,” Sul­li­van stated.

The group also plans to meet with the New­found­land and Labrador fed­eral cau­cus.

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