OCI workers taking strike vote
FFAW members at six Ocean Choice International (OCI) processing plants across the province will hold a strike vote this Thursday and Friday.
Workers have been in a legal strike position since a second round of talks between the union and OCI, convened by a provincial conciliator, broke off Apr. 20.
The FFAW maintained the company had been seeking significant concessions on wages, overtime, holidays and vacation pay.
Chief Industrial Negotiator Ben Baker said “ We have not heard anything from the company since the last round of talks broke off, and workers are no longer content to sit idly by, waiting to hear something.”
The strike votes are being held in Marystown, Port aux Choix, South Dildo, Port Union, Bonavista and Triton.
Upwards of 1,500 workers have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2009 when the previous three-year deal, which had been leftover from the days of Fishery Products International (FPI), expired.