Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Strong landings at Canadian Fish made for call for new employees last week

It has been a steady period of fish coming and fish being shipped out
as the Canadian Fish Plant on George Hills Way received a large
volume of fish last week

It's something that hasn't been seen on the Prince Rupert waterfront for a number of years now, but with the arrival of a large volume of fish last week at the Canadian Fish Dock, what has been a rare call for new workers was made as the local fish plant looked to send the bounty off to market.

As we noted earlier this month, the projected arrival of a large supply of pinks had provided for the first notice of potential employment opportunities at the large plant on the city's east side.

The local fishery has been in a decline and faced a severe corporate downsizing through the last decade.

A situation which has resulted in a significant amount of the once large local and mostly unionized workforce moving on to other pursuits, or leave the community completely for better employment opportunities.

Such has been the reduced nature of the workforce that last week, UFAWU-Unifor found itself serving as the recruiting agency for Canadian Fish, posting the call for work to the public through their Facebook page.

The job alert also provide UFAWU-Unifor to break out the member's photo album, showcasing some of the snapshots of work in the Canadian Fish plant and dock.

How large a labour pool was required, or if there is an expectation of more surges in local landings to come has yet to be noted by the local union office.

For more notes on the North Coast Fishery see our archive page here.

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