FISH-NL has hired well-known St. John's lawyer David Goodland to represent the organization's certification application currently before the Labour Relations Board.
According to FISH-NL President, Ryan Cleary, Goodland recently successfully represented scallop fishermen in the Strait of Belle Isle in their case against the FFAW.
FISH-NL presented an application to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30th requesting that it be certified to represent the province's inshore fish harvesters, breaking them away from the FFAW.
The application was released to the FFAW on Monday, giving the union and fish processors 10 calendar days to respond. In turn, FISH-NL will have 5 calendar days to respond to those responses.
The Labour Relations Board will then conduct an investigation of the application and the membership cards, a process that could take "weeks or months." Once that investigation is complete and a report is issued, FISH-NL will have 2 days to respond before the final report is released.