Nfld. & Labrador

OCI, union reach deal over Newfoundland Lynx

A pointed labour dispute that saw some trawlermen go to jail while protesting their employer's plans to use replacement workers appears to have ended.
Workers represented by the FFAW established a blockade near the Newfoundland Lynx at the wharf in Bay Roberts. (CBC)

A pointed labour dispute that saw some trawlermen go to jail while protesting their employer's plans to use replacement workers appears to have ended.

Ocean Choice International president Martin Sullivan said in a statement Saturday that the company has reached a tentative deal with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union over the crew of the Newfoundland Lynx.

"We are pleased that the negotiating committee will be recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement," Sullivan said.

No details of the terms of the tentative agreement were released Saturday.

FFAW members will cast ballots on the pact on Sunday.

Crew aboard the trawler were locked out this winter during the contract dispute.

In February, about two dozen workers were arrested — and later released from custody — while trying to stop replacement workers from boarding the Lynx at a wharf in Bay Roberts.

Emotions often ran high during the dispute.

"This company has destroyed communities, destroyed lives, and now are about to take on the trawlermen of this province," FFAW representative Greg Pretty said in February.