Marine Atlantic workers protest ferry job cuts
Marine Atlantic workers in southwestern Newfoundland took to the streets on Wednesday evening to protest a cut in ferry crossings to Nova Scotia this summer, and some of the jobs that go with it.
About 150 people rallied in Port aux Basques, just a few hundred metres from the terminal where Marine Atlantic's ferries dock.
Sandra May, who moved home to Port aux Basques after 23 years of living away, told CBC News she thought her ship had sailed in when she got a job offer from the Crown corporation.
However, the offer was pulled before she even had a chance to report for work.
"I got a phone call telling me that it is with sincere apologies that they've decided to halt the recruitment process and that there not be a position available for me this this year," May said.
Marine Atlantic has scaled back its scheduled crossings, reporting that there are fewer commercial bookings so far this season.
Wilson Matthews, a representative with the United Steelworkers union, estimates that about 80 seasonal workers are affected.
"One time, when you had a job with Marine Atlantic, you thought you had everything," he told CBC News.
"Well, all of a sudden, the dreams got squashed on some of these people."
Matthews said more peaceful protests are planned.