New Agreement with Ocean Choice International

March 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EST


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FFAW/CAW members in Newfoundland have voted 67 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement with Ocean Choice International, ending a six-week labour dispute.

More than 90 workers who make up OCI trawler crews working in southern Newfoundland voted to go on strike in January. The dispute also forced the closing of OCI fish plants in Fortune and Marystown, Newfoundland. The company has indicated the Marystown facility will resume operations around March 21.

FFAW/CAW President Earle McCurdy said the new agreement is a two-year contract, expiring at the end of 2012. The contract includes an increase in fish prices which results in an increase in crew pay. There is also an increase in per diems and clothing allowances.

"This is the best deal that could be negotiated under these difficult circumstances," said McCurdy. "These trawler crews work extremely hard - this is a foundation to build on."

The trawler crews harvest various species of fish, including flounder.

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