Judy Foote, MHA for the
District of Grand Bank and Opposition Critic for the Departments
of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and Business, said
it is clear that in standing shoulder to shoulder with John
Risley, in suggesting that the employees of Fishery Products
International in Marystown accept a $2 an hour wage reduction,
Premier Williams influenced Risley=s
negotiations with the employees of Grand Bank Sea Foods.
workers at Grand Bank Sea Foods, which is owned by Clearwater,
are being asked to accept a $2 an hour wage cut, along with
other concessions, in this most recent round of negotiations,
It is no wonder Mr. Risley has repeated his salary reduction
demands, this time with the workers of Grand Bank Sea Foods.
Premier Williams set the scene by making it clear that the
employees of Fishery Products International in Marystown should
not expect an increase in wages. On the contrary, he saw
nothing wrong with a wage rollback, giving Mr Risley all the
ammunition he needed to treat fish plant workers in our province
less than fair and with less respect.
again Mr. Risley, with the Premier=s
support, is determined to take from the poor to make the rich
richer. Both FPI and Clearwater are profitable companies. This
is simply a case of the wealthy getting wealthier, while fish
plant workers are expected to tow the line and accept what Mr.
Risley, and unfortunately the Premier, think they are worth.
Obviously, coming from a business background has prejudiced the
premier, as he once again sides with business at the expense of