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  • Response to Daughter of a fisherman
    February 07, 2012 - 22:01

    Daughter of a fisherman said "these men have built OCI... My father has worked to make this company what it is since the early 70's...... They are not fighting for more money they are fighting for what is rightfully theirs. ...It's not that the company does not want them the company wants them to do what they say to make their pockets richer on the expense of the workers.".................With all due respect, these men didn't build OCI, they are just workers. The owners of OCI, the shareholders, the accountants, the advertising people, the engineers built OCI. Nothing of OCI belongs to the workers. They are just labour, and their labour is all that they own...NOTHING more. All that is rightfully owned by the workers is their labour. The company has every right, as the legal owners of the boat, to staff whomever they want on the boat. They can hire cheaper workers, they can hire foreigners, or they can give the jobs to the friends. As property owner, they have fundamental rights that are being violated by the workers. The workers should be jailed as by violating the court's injunction, they are in contempt of court. Lastly, whether you like it or not, the company has the right to line their pockets at the expense of the workers. Property rights are fundamental and must be upheld, even at the expense of workers. Anything less is unjust. Fortunately, OCI is very close to operating without these people who are breaking the law, and once OCI moves on, the rest of the world will forget that this ever happened.

    • Daughter of a fisherman
      February 08, 2012 - 17:20

      I respect what your saying but to say that these men have not help make this company what is is so untrue and ignorant... You I assume have never worked out at sea, it's easy to say the things you are saying, but lets be fair... These men have sacrificed so much and have not asked for more money they are fighting for what they deserve. If your boss tells you tomorrow they will decrease your wages by 40 percent and increase the workload,your telling me that you would just agree and move on because the company has that right.... What about the employees rights.... We are living in a world where the rich get tier and the poor get poorer, so not right.

  • Daughter of a fisherman
    February 07, 2012 - 13:53

    These men have built OCI... My fath has workedto make this company what it is since the early 70's.". There are men that are close to retirement and this is the respect and appreciation that they get.... It is sick and unfair to expect these men to constantly set back and take the abuse they have endured for years. They are not fighting for more money they are fighting for what is rightfully theirs. Spend one day on those boats, tossing and turning, being away from families, being out in all types of weather and tell me you would not be doing or at least feel the way they do. They have worked hard and sacrificed so much to hold on to their rights. It's not that the company does not want them the company wants them to do what they say to make their pockets richer on the expense of the workers.support is what they need, not not someone thinking they know anything about this fight and what they have endured for over 30 years when they clearly don't have a clue!!!

  • G F Dunphy
    February 07, 2012 - 13:50

    It"s nice to see that your Union is on top of everything, 6 years without a contract, you all need to file a complaint against your Union with the Labour Board for Bargening In Bad Faith and Failing to Provide Proper Repsentation For Its Members, that would be my course of action and speak to a good Labour Lawyer.

  • bob
    February 07, 2012 - 10:43

    what about the the crew they are union and want more money, saying union this union that and sticking together but they are offloading at a non-union plant they got to sail past a union planet to get to the non-union and the the union planet is a ffaw and they are using ffaw to fight for them BS so their doing the same thing as the company is doing, they want ffaw to fight for them but the won't land at a ffaw plant union what a joke

  • redrantingtory
    February 07, 2012 - 10:13

    Oh it's you again? Not using your name for fear of being tarred and feathered? I have never seen such a vile right wing brainwashed aghenda in all my living days. Who have you sold today? Your Grandmother? Tell me, how do you sleep at night? Do you have no shame? Sell eveyone down the drain for the almighty dollar. I pity anyone who works for you. I thought your kind dissappeared in the 20's and 30's but apparently slave owners like you are still alive and well. Tweet all you like but where there's natural resources there are people who want them and will invest no matter what. Lets only hope we don't get to many of your ilk who weasle there way in here on the backs of hard working people. Oh and by the company doesn't own the QUOTA. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador own it. The company as the option to fish it that's all. With regards of jailing workers for standing up for their rights? What do you think this is a Police State? Tell us your name so we can boycott you and your dirty business. Naaa you won't do that because only a coward and a eel would make such statements as you have done on this story and previous stories of this situation. The way you treat people it's only a matter of time before workers revolt against you. You're the whole reason for UNIONS. You make them necessary and they will never go way, as you wish, while people like you are in business. So in the end go on and treat your workers like you do and go on with your anti union rant but all you are doing is making an atmosphere for unions. What a fool. How narrow minded and shortsighted.

  • The company has a right to use non-unionized workers
    February 07, 2012 - 08:16

    THe company has a right to hire whomever they want. Were are the police....Why aren't the former workers being jailed....they are voilating an injunction. Profits should come before everything else. The quota belongs to the company, the boat belongs to the company. The only thing the workers own is their labour, and the company does not want their labour anymore. THey have efficiently sourced more efficient labour and are right, both logically and fiscally, for doing so. But that is okay. I will tweet this article as widely as I can to let deter anyone from engaging in an NL investment.