Labour's Side - Newsletter #7
Periodical profile published 1980
Year Published: 1980
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX1065
Abstract: Labour struggles in the Maritimes are occuring among fishermen, cleaners and rubber workers. This newsletter reports that the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1392 at Dalhousie University is still battling to ervent Modern Building Cleaners from replacing the University as the real employer of local 1392. The labour people attempting to form a United Rubber Worker's local in the Michelin Tire plant in Granton, Nova Scotia still face the anti-labour Micheline Bill supported by the Nova Scotia government. The Michelin Bill would block the move by the Rubber Worker's to be certified as local 1028.
New Brunswick was the scene of some labour conflict in September. The Maritime Fishermen's Union (MFU) protested the action of the Atlantic Herring Management Advisory Committee (AHMAC). AHMAC decided to open the herring season in September; they decided to increase the fish quotas, and to allow large seiners to use 25 fathom seines. The net result of these decisions is that the herring stock would be radically depleted, and this constitutes a threat to the livelihood of the members of MFU. Members of the MFU attempted to prevent the trawlers from unloading their herring catch. During one protest the R.C.M.P. were called in, dispersing the crowd with tear gas. yet despite this oppostion, the MFU has gained some concessions: the trawlers were allowed 25 fathom seines, but a MFU union representative would be present on each seinger to monitor the catch, and once they see that 35% of the catch is spawn fish, the fishing will stop. The MFU has also gained a seat on a committee to set new regulations for the 1980 fishing season.