“I’m going to be part of this new union. I guarantee you that,” Hundreds attend FISHNL meeting in Clarenville

Those leading a fight to establish a new union exclusively for fish harvesters in Newfoundland and Labrador say the movement is receiving phenomenal support, and is poised to shake up the labour landscape in the province. Ryan Cleary says the response on social media and at a meeting in Corner Brook on Monday was “beyond our expectations,” and any doubt about whether there’s enough support to move forward has been erased. His words were supported by another large turnout on Tuesday at a meeting in Clarenville. Many harvesters said they travelled long distances from Burin and the Northern Peninsula to attend the meeting, and organizers like Cleary reiterated the movement is growing and that widespread discontent is real. “I have never experienced it before. It’s a phenomenon,” Cleary said Tuesday outside the Clarenville Inn. Speakers inside the meeting shared a myriad of frustrations with the FFAW and pledged to support efforts to form a new fishermen-only union. Read the story here –  Hundreds attend FISHNL meeting in Clarenville There was hardly enough room to accommodate the hundreds of fish harvesters who came to the Clarenville Inn this afternoon to hear more about a proposed new fishermen’s union. Read the story here  20:01

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