Talks Break Off Between CAW/FFAW and Ocean Choice International

February 23, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

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The CAW/FFAW has applied for conciliation after contract talks between the union and Ocean Choice International broke off February 18 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

CAW/FFAW Chief Industrial Negotiator Ben Baker said the talks with Ocean Choice International (OCI) were bogged down by concession demands by the fish processing company.

"We've been in negotiations for the past two days and, quite frankly, talks have not gone very well to this point because the company came in looking for concessions in a number of key areas," Baker said in a February 18 release. "We've applied for conciliation so we'll be waiting for a conciliator to be appointed and talks will resume once that's done."

The talks affect approximately 1,500 workers at OCI fish processing facilities located in communities throughout Newfoundland. The previous contract between the company and union was a three-year agreement that expired December 31, 2009.

This is the first negotiation between OCI and the CAW/FFAW because the previous contract was carried over when OCI purchased the former Fishery Products International processing assets (FPI). 


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