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Employers’ Council Reaches New Low with Campaign Opposing Presumptive Mental Health Legislation

10/23/2018

St. John’s, NL – FFAW-Unifor is joining other labour organizations in expressing outrage at the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council’s disturbing campaign opposing mental health legislation for workers.

“It’s shocking that, in 2018, the Employers’ Council could be so regressive and wrong-headed about common sense legislation that will provide workers suffering from a workplace mental health injury or illness with the supports and services they deserve,” said Keith Sullivan, President of FFAW-Unifor. “The Employers’ Council and their members who oppose this legislation will find themselves, once again, on the wrong side of history if they continue to oppose this legislation.”

One of the Employers’ Council’s few members is Ocean Choice International, a company that employs hundreds of fisheries workers, including many FFAW-Unifor members. Sadly, OCI’s support for this campaign comes as no surprise to workers who have been fighting for years for improvements to health and safety in OCI plants.

“FFAW-Unifor supports the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) in their call for presumptive mental health legislation,” continued Sullivan. “We are urging the provincial government to move forward with comprehensive presumptive legislation that is supported by workers across the province.”

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