NDP: Government must help Marystown workers
NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) responded today to the government’s release of the audit of Ocean Choice International’s Marystown fish plant operations indicating big financial losses for the company over the past several years.
Mitchelmore challenged government to step up and help the people affected by the closure of the Marystown fish plant. Mitchelmore noted the losses affect the workers as well as the company, and government has a responsibility to those workers.
“The Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture is accountable to the people he is supposed to represent. He must not be allowed to stand in the sidelines,” Mitchelmore said.
He said he was not impressed with the minister’s call for the union and the company to get back to the table and hammer out a deal.
“This is a lose-lose scenario for the union,” said Mitchelmore. “The only way I can see for the company to create efficiencies is to win more concessions from the union. If they don’t meet, I suppose the plant remains closed.”
Mitchelmore suggests if a private company cannot succeed that government look at other economic models (like St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. in his own district) which would better benefit the workers ― harvesters and plant workers.