Labour Board Dismisses FISH-NL Certification Application
Labour Group Pledges to Fight On
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has stated it is not going away anytime soon.
The fledgling labour organization announced this declaration despite the Oct. 1 decision by the NL Labour Relations Board decision to finally dismiss FISH-NL’s certification application.
FISH-NL President Ryan Cleary told the CBC that the dismissal is not a blow but “an opportunity.”
“The opportunity is to do ...
Labour Relations Board Orders Hearing Into FISH-NL’s Application
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is not going down without a fight.
The upstart labour group recently welcomed a decision by the province’s Labour Relations Board to order a hearing into its application for certification.
“We’re one step closer to a vote,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL.
Glenn Branton, CEO of the Labour Relations Board, wrote a notification in late May to all parties involved in FISH-NL’s applicatio...
Future of FISH-NL Now in Question
After a wait of nearly 16 months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board finally released a much-anticipated report into the quest of The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) to trigger a certification vote with the aim of representing inshore fish harvesters.
However, the report’s findings might not have been the result FISH-NL was hoping for.
Submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30, 2016, FISH-NL’s application for ...
FISH-NL Calls for Terms of Union to be Reopened
The following letter was sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
On behalf of the more than 3,000 inshore harvesters who are members of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to request that the Government of Canada reopen this province’s Terms of Union with regards to fisheries management.
This year represents a number of milestones: the 150th anniversary of Confederation, 68 years since Newfoundland joined Canada and ...
FISH-NL Says Harvester Numbers from Labour Relations Board Are Accurate, While FFAW Reports Thousands Missing
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is pleased with the Labour Relations Board’s release of what officials describe as an “accurate and reliable” list of the province’s inshore harvesters.
“It’s been almost 10 months since FISH-NL submitted our application for certification so a list of inshore harvesters from the board is a huge and welcome step forward,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL.
Obtained from various “sourc...
FISH-NL Advises Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to Cancel 2017 Sentinel Cod Program
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has written federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc recommending that he cancel the 2017 sentinel cod program.
The federal government first introduced sentinel or test fisheries for cod in the mid-1990s, the moratoria years, to keep a first-hand check of the health of stocks in the absence of commercial fisheries. It has never been adjusted to account for or to incorporate the impacts of ...
FISH-NL Describes 2017 Price of Cod as Scandalous – Renews Call for Province to Allow in Outside Buyers
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says the 2017 price of cod recently negotiated by the FFAW is an insult to the province’s inshore harvesters, and renews its call for the province to allow in outside buyers.
“That price is scandalous,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “It’s an insult to already injured inshore harvesters. The FFAW expects cod will save harvesters from shellfish declines, but then the union agrees to a price ...
Labour Relations Board To Review FFAW Membership List
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) said it is pleased with the latest order of the province’s Labour Relations Board regarding the release of membership lists of commercial inshore harvesters.
After hearing arguments on Friday morning, by late Friday afternoon the board ordered the Fish, Food and Allied workers union (FFAW) to turn over its list of commercial inshore harvesters who were members of the FFAW between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 30, ...
FISH-NL Signs Up 2,372 Fishermen
Above photo: From left; Peter Leonard, Ryan Cleary and Jason Sullivan
FFAW States Number Far Below Total Needed to Trigger a Certification Vote
The future of the inshore fish harvesting labour movement in Newfoundland and Labrador is now in the hands of that province’s Labour Relations Board.
Since its inception in September of last year, the up-start Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters or FISH-NL has been leading a boisterous campaign to break away from the established ...
Restrictions on Outside Buyers Should be Lifted
The following letter was addressed to Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
As president of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to propose that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador lift all restrictions and allow out-of-province buyers into the provincial marketplace for all species.
Further, we propose that restrictions be lifted on local fish buyers to permit ...