The president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union says FISH-NL does not have the support to move ahead with its application to represent fish harvesters in the province.
FISH-NL, led by Ryan Cleary, is looking for a ratification vote to represent inshore harvesters.
FFAW President Keith Sullivan says there will be a hearing on the matter August 20th, and after that, it will be the end of the application. Sullivan says there are not enough members and it’s time to focus on the real issues, such as the value of the fishery.
FISH NL’s Ryan Cleary says the hearing will either lead to a vote or it won’t, but first he’s hoping all harvesters and their families will attend the presentations.
He calls it the most important meeting for the future of the fishery.
The meeting is happening at the School for the Deaf on Topsail Road in St. John’s. Cleary says it’s finally happening 20 months after they submitted the application.