On Friday afternoon, the Labour Relations Board announced its rejection of FISH-NL’s request for access to the FFAW’s membership list.
The FFAW argued that in addition to being without precedent, turning over the contact information for 10,000 members would have been a major privacy violation to members. The Board determined that no exceptional circumstances exist requiring FISH-NL to be in possession of this list.
“The FFAW had previously agreed to provide the list to the Board with the stipulation that members’ privacy be protected. We are pleased that the Board has ruled to protect the personal information of our members,” said FFAW president Keith Sullivan.
Instead, the FFAW will be providing the list to the Board’s investigating officer to assess FISH-NL’s claim that there are only 4500 inshore harvesters in the province.
The ruling also requires the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP) is to submit their list of commercial inshore harvesters, and for FISH-NL to provide explanation to support their conclusion that there are 4500 inshore harvesters.
While there is still work to be done by the Labour Relations Board in order to review FISH-NL’s application, this decision ensures our members’ personal information is kept confidential by the Board.
Read the Labour Relations Board full decision here.