Over six weeks of a dispute regarding the CAD 2.20 per pound panel price for snow crab, harvesters and processors in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, have finally reached an agreement.
A tough few weeks with many differences between ASP y la FFAW finally ended last Friday when finally and more than a month late, the snow crab fishery in Canada started. Differences of opinion among the striking fishermen who ended up leaving for fishing, and protests against the union's, a plant at a standstill, and the government's innovation are some of the events that have taken place in the region due to the disagreement.
"Nobody on the Committee is happy to be signing this deal today. This Committee put hundreds of volunteer hours into trying to find a better outcome for harvesters, and having this industry at a standstill for over six weeks was incredibly challenging on many fronts," said Greg Pretty, FFAW-Unifor President. "Harvesters hoped the market situation would improve over the last several weeks. Those hopes did not materialize, and without a doubt the Committee was backed into a corner."
These words were used by the union to explain the agreement reached that will finally set the minimum price at CAD 2.20 per pound. Nevertheless, this price will also include gradual increases as market rates rise.
In addition, Petty explained that the FFWA had requested support for fishermen to ensure that, despite the reduction in earnings they have experienced, they will be able to make it through to the next season. "Our Union has been in constant communication with all levels involved in this assistance and are working on a comprehensive benefit proposal that will ensure members are supported through these exceptional circumstances," said the communiqué.
The agreement would also have involved Andrew Furey, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, who had already been called in as a mediator in the dispute. Thus, he publicly committed to renewing the panel's final bid selection process and working towards a formula for the 2024 season.