The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) have formed a delegation to secure viable federal compensation for fish plant workers affected by severe ice conditions.
The delegation was scheduled to meet yesterday with Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to discuss the inclusion of plant workers in federal emergency ice compensation. A meeting with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federal Caucus is also scheduled.
Earlier this month, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced $5 million in emergency funding to offset losses experienced by fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec as a result of severe sea ice conditions.
Fisheries Minister Steve Crocker and members of the FFAW-Unifor travelled to Ottawa to reiterate the necessity of providing sufficient relief for plant workers, as they are equally impacted.