New­found­land and Labrador govern­ment ear­marks $2.5M for out-of-work fish plant em­ploy­ees

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Help is on the way for plant work­ers neg­a­tively im­pacted by the slump­ing fish­ing sec­tor.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has made $2.5 mil­lion available through the Labour Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment.

That’s in ad­di­tion to $500,000 for other sup­ports available un­der the In­te­grated Tran­si­tion Frame­work for Dis­placed Plant Work­ers.

“When com­mu­ni­ties in our prov­ince are im­pacted by an in­dus­try down­turn, our govern­ment is there to help,” Fish­eries and Land Re­sources Min­is­ter Gerry Byrne said in a re­lease to­day, July 4.

“We have pro­grams and ser­vices across mul­ti­ple de­part­ments de­signed to sup­port dis­placed work­ers in find­ing new em­ploy­ment and sup­port to re­train or up­grade skills. It is im­por­tant to sup­port the work­ers who are af­fected in our fish­ing sec­tor and en­sure we have a skilled work­force available when it re­bounds.”

The re­lease in­di­cated the pro­vin­cial govern­ment will be reach­ing out to im­pacted com­pa­nies, com­mu­ni­ties and res­i­dents with in­for­ma­tion on the sup­port available and to de­ter­mine if they are el­i­gi­ble for as­sis­tance.

“Our govern­ment is work­ing hard to cre­ate short-term em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for af­fected em­ploy­ees,” Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter said. An­drew Par­sons

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