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(Update) FFAW and FISH-NL labour board hearing moved to next week

The Labour Relations Board will convene again next week for a hearing in the ongoing battle to represent inshore fish harvesters in the province.

The hearing was scheduled for Thursday of this week but has been postponed until Friday, March 10.

Last week, the board ruled the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is indeed a legitimate organization after the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) union had challenged the legality of the group.

The board will next decide on whether or not FFAW-Unifor’s membership list of inshore harvesters should be made available to FISH-NL.

The number of inshore harvesters is vital in determining whether FISH-NL’s submission of 2,352 signed membership cards meets the 50 per cent required to force a vote by the board to determine who will represent the fishers.

“The FFAW doesn't want (the release of their membership list) to happen, arguing the information is confidential, and that FISH-NL may seek retribution on the harvesters who didn't sign membership cards,” FISH-NL president Ryan Cleary said in a Facebook post on Monday.

Cleary is urging all harvesters to attend the Thursday hearing. 

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