OCI work­ers tak­ing strike vote

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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