OCI has plans to operate Fortune

George Macvicar
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Ocean Choice International owners Martin and Blaine Sullivan met Friday morning in Fortune, with the union membership at the local fish plant.

Local FFAW unit president Karen Caines said the two wanted to determine what type of support they had from the workers on the possible future operation of the plant. However, she would not go into detail on what was discussed.

“I feel good about the meeting though. The workers, and myself, are feeling a lot more positive in our outlook on the plant.”

Mrs. Caines said a lot of rumours had been circulating in the community since the plant finished production in March, and the attitude among workers was not good.

“It was nice the company came out and told us their plans. It took a lot of pressure off us.”

Also attending the meeting were provincial Fisheries Minister Darin King, Fortune Councillors and the local plant manager Alvin Ross.

When the plant closed in March most employees had obtained 14-15 weeks work but Mrs. Caines said some were not good weeks, with three, seven and 14 hours of employment.

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