The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) represents approximately 15,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, most of whom are employed in the fishing industry. We also have members working in the hotel, hospitality, brewing, metal fabrication and oil industries.

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“Inshore owner-operator vessels are capable of being engaged in the arctic surf clam fishery,” says Keith Sullivan, President of FFAW-Unifor. “In an area like Placentia Bay that has been devastated by the decline in crab and cod, surf clams would present an excellent opportunity for rural economic sustainability in the region.”

With just cause, FFAW-Unifor filed a motion to overturn a February 21, 2017 decision by the province’s Labour Relations Board.

“For too long injured workers have faced an uphill battle to get the benefits they deserve, while employers have enjoyed annual reductions in their assessment rate for the last number of years,” said Keith Sullivan. “Government is finally doing the right thing and honouring the Statutory Review recommendation to increase the rate.”
Currently, DFO Science sets reference points based on the average Spawning Stock Biomass from 1996 to 2003, a time when shrimp predators such as Northern Cod were at an all-time low. A rebuilding plan based on this reference period means Northern Shrimp will likely not recover out of the critical zone, irrespective of any fishing pressure.
“The wharf is the heart of a town,” said Bowers. “I was not going to take no for an answer. If it took 20 years, I’d fight 20 years for it.”
After many years of advocating for changes to legislation, today fish harvesters in the province are welcoming significant amendments to Canada’s Fisheries Act that will provide legal protection to the Owner Operator and Fleet Separation policies, which protect the independence of the inshore fishery and the coastal communities that rely on it.

Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick – The Canadian Independent Fish Harvester’s Federation (CIFHF) is celebrating a significant victory in the fight