Fortune workers urge acceptance of OCI proposal
Grand Bank MHA Darin King (second from right) points at NDP Critic for Fisheries & Aquaculture Christopher Mitchelmore outside Confederation Building Monday morning as a group of workers and supporters from the Fortune area listens.
— Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
- Fortune Mayor Charles Penwell speaks to the media following a meeting with new Fisheries Minister Derrick Dalley at Confederation Building Monday as Grand Bank MHA and former fisheries minister Darin King looks on.
- Fortune resident and local FFAW representative from Fortune Karen Caines speaks at a rally at the FFAW offices in St. John’s Monday.
FFAW president Earle McCurdy speaks as a group of workers and supporters from the Fortune area hold a rally at the union’s office Monday.
— Photos by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
- Fortune plant workers. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
- Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union president Earle McCurdy speaks to protesters who arrived from the Fortune area today. The protesters want the union to support a proposal by OCI that would see their plant open. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
- A group of fish plant workers and supporters from Fortune arrived this morning at Confederation Building in St. John's. — Photo by Daniel MacEachern/The Telegram
- Darin King, who had been provincial fisheries minister before last week's cabinet shuffle, addresses a group of fish plant workers and supporters from Fortune this morning at Confederation Building in St. John's. — Photo by Daniel MacEachern/The Telegram
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- Whatever Happened To "No More Giveaways"
- - October 23, 2012 at 14:03:43
By sending our fish overseas we are giving away jobs in Newfoundland to China. It's that old Newfie mentality again, we will do anything for a few jobs. 75 percent of the catch going unprocessed overseas for a 100 jobs at Fortune. Yes, boy, Let's give our right to govern ourselves away again too if Dunderdale does not do the right thing and say NO to OCI's demands.
- - October 23, 2012 at 13:44:27
Congrats to Christoper Mitchelmore for standing strong up to Darin King and the OCI bullies. Where was Darin when OCI locked his constituents out and bussed in the scabs? Leave the fish in the water!
- Tired of NDP Hypocricy
- - October 23, 2012 at 10:17:23
The NDP does not stick up for the working man like they say they do. What does Mitchelmore know about the fishery and his party's socialist philosophy??? How could anyone support the NDP? The left wing, union mantality is a farce and failure...it didn't work here
- - October 23, 2012 at 09:25:58
My sympathies to the people of Fortune, but this is a horrible deal in the long-term and not worth 110 temporary jobs.
- - October 23, 2012 at 09:01:31
The fishery of today is alot different than that of years ago. People in the middle east want their fish in a whole state, which means there is not always going to be processing involved. Just like the lobster fishery...we have made exemptions to ship lobster out whole. We will probably have to do the same with the yellow tail, or keep it in the water! PS...young Mitchelmore learned a lesson that there are times, even in opposition, where you are not always going to make a popular stance. I think he found out what the real world is like. Chris you can't suck and blow at the same time...
- original townie
- - October 23, 2012 at 08:45:48
Angus Stacey summed it up.....rural NL is slowly dying and he lives in Fortune. Maybe 500 years ago when the fishery was the backbone of the province, but not today. How do these communities expect hospitals, schools, paved roads et el when the people who live there admit it's a losing cause. I've stated before and state again....resettlement. You can not expect the avalon peninsular to continue throwing money at rural NL at our expense. Why should we be expected to pay for rural infastructure when little is contributed to the Govt. coffers from these scattered communities. Time to move and stop whining.
- P F Murphy
- - October 23, 2012 at 08:18:50
How did King ever become Minister of Fisheries? His eagerness to sell out the rest of the fishery to get 110 - 45 week jobs for his constituents shows just how small this guy is. Leave the fish in the water and once the Chinese have fished out their own waters, the price will go up so that it will support these workers and others processing 100% of this fish stock for 52 weeks a year. Just grow up, King, and don't be such a spoiled little boy.
- Not impressed
- - October 23, 2012 at 08:13:53
The protesters give new meaning to the saying ''Newfoundlanders eat their young''. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are indeed pawns. Pawns for corporate interests that would rape our raw resources to line their own pockets at the expense of everyone else in the province. Shame!