Ryan Cleary says Newfoundland and Labrador fishermen want him to set up a new union

ryan-cleary-becomes-a-toryA former MP from Newfoundland and Labrador says fishermen are asking them to help organize a new union that would be a rival to the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union. Ryan Cleary says he’s never seen fish harvesters so angry and disillusioned with the FFAW, which currently represents them. “The common theme is that fishermen aren’t happy with the representation. In a lot of ways, the fishermen see the FFAW as having evolved into a corporation, more concerned with feeding itself than looking after the fishermen it’s charged with representing.” Cleary says fishermen have many reasons for wanting to break from the FFAW. He cites a recent lawsuit that scallop fishermen on the Northern Peninsula launched against the union over compensation money from Nalcor, which the fishermen won. Read the story here 11:44

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