Contract Talks Break Off with Ocean Choice International

April 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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Contract talks between the CAW/FFAW and fish processor Ocean Choice International have broken off after conciliation meetings in St. John's, Newfoundland reached an impasse.

The union requested March 26 that the conciliator file her report to the Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Labour.

FFAW/CAW chief negotiator Ben Baker said OCI locals will be in a legal strike position - and a legal lock-out position - on April 20.

"Our committee is extremely disappointed with the attitude of the company towards reaching a meaningful collective agreement for the future," said Baker. He said the union would be willing to restart talks if the company revised its position on wages and term of the collective agreement.

The CAW/FFAW represents workers at six Ocean Choice International fish processing plants in Newfoundland.

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