NDP Labour critic Dale Kirby (MHA St. John’s North) says Ocean Choice International has taken advantage of government’s deafening silence to run roughshod over the right of workers in this province to strike. Kirby says government has given OCI tacit approval to use scab labour to harvest public resources government was elected to manage on our behalf.

 

NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits – White Bay North) and Labour Critic Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) will be going to the Bay Roberts picket lines at 2:30 today. They are going to meet with the locked out workers of the Newfoundland Lynx.

Mitchelmore and Kirby will be accompanied by George Murphy (St. John’s East) and Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre).

 

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA for The Straits-White Bay North, and Gerry Rogers, MHA for St. John’s Centre, will be in Grand Falls Winsor tonight hosting a Town Hall meeting on Housing in the province.

 

NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits –White Bay North) and Labour Critic Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) are once again calling on the Dunderdale Conservatives to table anti-scab legislation in the House of Assembly. Ocean Choice International (OCI) has decided to lock out a unionized trawler crew while bringing in scab labour to fill those workers’ jobs.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA Signal Hill–Quidi Vidi) is calling for the Dunderdale government to demand that their federal counterparts live up to their responsibilities to provide adequate search and rescue services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Two NDP MHAs want to know what residents of the province are concerned about – and they’re hitting the road to speak to people directly.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael has renewed her call for an active Public Accounts Committee. The committee is supposed to oversee government spending, and to ensure compliance with the Auditor General’s report. The last Public Accounts Committee met just once privately in the past 15 months, and no PAC has held a public meeting for six years.

 

NDP Advanced Education Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) agrees with the Canadian Federation of Students that “Education is a Right.” Access to quality, affordable post-secondary education is a cause that he has championed for a decade and a half.

 

NDP Housing Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says weekend news stories emphasize the urgent need for a division of government dedicated to the problems people everywhere in Newfoundland and Labrador are having finding places to live.

 

NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) says he will be closely watching the upcoming statutory review of the legislation governing the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. His main hope is that serious issues facing the Commission’s ability to protect injured workers in the future will be adequately addressed.

 

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