Monday, December 7, 2015

Prince Rupert Council to receive presentation from UFAWU at tonight's session

It may be a little had to find a seat in the public gallery at tonight's Prince Rupert City Council session, as UFAWU the union that represents shore workers in the fishing industry on the North Coast issues the call for members to attend tonight's council meeting to reinforce their message to council.

The call for support was posted to the UFAWU Facebook page on Sunday evening, noting that union representatives Conrad Lewis and Arnold Nagy will be making a presentation to Council members.

As part of that presentation, Council members will be asked to provide the support of the City of Prince Rupert towards a push by the union to have the Federal Government put in place similar legislation as that which exists with the East Coast fishery.

Some background on that proposed legislation can be found from our notes on a presentation that the Union made to the Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce in late November.

Towards that request, the item has been added to the Agenda for this evenings  session. With the following recommendation added as part of the council review for tonight.

UFAWU has requested an
opportunity to make a
presentation to Council tonight
Council direct staff to provide a letter of support to be sent to the appropriate Federal and Provincial Ministries to request that the same UN principle of adjacency for the fishing industry that Canada signed onto for the East Coast, be legislated and implemented for the Pacific Coast.

Tonight's council session starts at 7 PM.

UFAWU requested the opportunity to appear in front of Council through a letter to the City from earlier this month.

For more background on the issues related to the recently announced closure of the Canadian Fish Company canning lines at Oceanside cannery see our Fishing Industry archive page here.

For more details on items of interest from City Council see our Council Discussion page here.

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