FFAW calling for movement on worker adjustment program for displaced shrimp plant workers

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The recent decision by Northern Shrimp Co. in Jackson's Arm to close its shrimp plant for the 2010 season has caused a great deal of uncertainty for the community, fisheries union president Earle McCurdy said.
In a news release McCurdy, head of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union, is calling for a meeting with Fisheries Minister Clyde Jackman to deal with the issue.
He noted a Memorandum of Understanding between the provincial government, the union and the Association of Seafood Producers calls for the development of a Worker Adjustment Program for people adversely affected by fisheries restructuring.
"There has been very little activity related to the M.O.U. in the past three months," McCurdy said. "We need a meeting of the sub-committee dealing with worker adjustment as soon as possible."
The union leader said the current provincial response when fish plants close - a one-time "stamp-up" on a makework project - is "insulting to people who have spent a lifetime working on the floor of a fish plant".
McCurdy said the employer in Jackson's Arm needs to "level with their employees" as to future plans for the operation. The recent announcement of a 28 per cent reduction in the northern shrimp quota raises serious question marks concerning the future of the plant and the jobs of the workers.
He said some workers were offered jobs on a second shift in the P. Janes and Sons crab plant in the same community, but workers on the first shift got only two days' work last week, and there is relatively little time left in the crab season in that area.

Organizations: Northern Shrimp Co., Allied Workers, Association of Seafood Producers

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  • Lazy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I'm so sick of my tax money being used to bail out these small communities. You choose to live in the middle of nowhere? Fine. Why should I pay for it. There's no guarantee about fish prices. Stop being lazy, get up and move somewhere where you can find sustainable work. It's a big country.

    Stop expecting handouts of other people's money. Show some pride.

  • Lazy Newfies
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I'm so sick of my tax money being used to bail out these small provinces. You choose to live in the middle of nowhere? Fine. Why should I pay for it. There's no guarantee about oil prices. Stop being lazy, get up and move somewhere where you can find sustainable work. It's a big country.

    Stop expecting handouts of other people's money. Show some pride.

  • J
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Maybe the good people of Jackson's Arm should move to a local which would provide them with 52 weeks of employment like the rest of us had to do.

    Again, unions working there magic.

    Worker Adjustment Program - aka - pay people with taxpayer dollars to sit home on their duff.

    Move people - are you that allergic to work you can only do a few weeks a year?

  • Lazy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    I'm so sick of my tax money being used to bail out these small communities. You choose to live in the middle of nowhere? Fine. Why should I pay for it. There's no guarantee about fish prices. Stop being lazy, get up and move somewhere where you can find sustainable work. It's a big country.

    Stop expecting handouts of other people's money. Show some pride.

  • Lazy Newfies
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    I'm so sick of my tax money being used to bail out these small provinces. You choose to live in the middle of nowhere? Fine. Why should I pay for it. There's no guarantee about oil prices. Stop being lazy, get up and move somewhere where you can find sustainable work. It's a big country.

    Stop expecting handouts of other people's money. Show some pride.

  • J
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Maybe the good people of Jackson's Arm should move to a local which would provide them with 52 weeks of employment like the rest of us had to do.

    Again, unions working there magic.

    Worker Adjustment Program - aka - pay people with taxpayer dollars to sit home on their duff.

    Move people - are you that allergic to work you can only do a few weeks a year?