OCI workers to vote on tentative agreement

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Ocean Choice International (OCI) workers across the province will vote in the coming days on a tentative agreement recently reached between the company and the Fish, Food and Allied Workers' (FFAW) union.
According to a news release, workers in each of the six processing plants affected by the negotiations - Port aux Choix, South Dildo, Port Union, Bonavista, Marystown and Triton - will meet separately in the coming days as part of the ongoing ratification process. Details will not be publicly released until an issue related to the tentative agreement has been resolved.
"It's been a long, difficult process, but we are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement in place that our bargaining committees can recommend for acceptance," said FFAW chief industrial negotiator Ben Baker. "Over the next couple of days our membership at the six plants will vote on whether or not to accept this agreement."
The workers had voted 93 per cent in favour of taking strike action on May 7 after a second round of negotiations between the union and the company had broken off with no deal in place. A last-ditch round of talks between the two sides in the days following the strike vote resulted in the current tentative agreement.
The workers have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2009 when the previous three-year deal, which had been leftover from the days of Fishery Products International (FPI), expired. Workers have been in a legal strike position since that April 20.

Organizations: Allied Workers, Port Union, Fishery Products International

Geographic location: Port aux Choix, Bonavista, Marystown

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