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Fishery Marystown facility humming again after Christmas hiatus

Employees at Ocean Choice International's fish plant in Marystown are back on the job after a three-week break.

The company figures it can provide workers with 45 weeks of work this year, with a three- or four-week hiatus during the summer.

That's good news, says Allan Moulton, vice-president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union industrial/retail division.

Allan Moulton

Marystown - Employees at Ocean Choice International's fish plant in Marystown are back on the job after a three-week break.

The company figures it can provide workers with 45 weeks of work this year, with a three- or four-week hiatus during the summer.

That's good news, says Allan Moulton, vice-president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union industrial/retail division.

"I wish we could find a way to get more people back to work," he said. "That's still an issue."

There are currently about 250 people working one shift at the facility, Moulton said.

He hopes the union can meet with provincial Fisheries Minister Tom Hedderson before the end of the month to discuss fishery issues, including the federal government's reluctance to help finance an early retirement program.

"There doesn't appear to be much of an appetite in the federal government to do anything at all along the lines of adjusting older workers out of the industry," Moulton said.

"I don't know what this (federal) budget will bring forward now."

He said downturn in the global economy isn't doing the plant any favours either.

"Maybe there can be more value added to the products that we're doing before we export them," he said. "You certainly want to see stricter restrictions put on product being exported in its unprocessed state."

The union contract in Marystown expires at the end of 2009.

Organizations: Ocean Choice International, Allied Workers

Geographic location: Marystown

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