Salmon fisherman and their colleagues in British Columbia, Canada, began a strike on Friday (July 6), which could cripple the province's 100 million dollar (40 million pounds sterling) a year salmon fishing industry.
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Background: Salmon fisherman and their colleagues in British Columbia, Canada, began a strike on Friday (July 6), which could cripple the province's 100 million dollar (40 million pounds sterling) a year salmon fishing industry.
The industry's 7,500 workers went on strike following the breakdown of negotiations with the Fisheries Association of British Columbia.
The fishermen are seeking higher guaranteed salmon prices and the 500 boat tendermen and 4,000 shore workers who do the cleaning and packing are demanding higher wages.
The toughest bargaining is reported to have been with the shore workers who want two dollars (80p) an hour in pay increases over two years and equal pay for women.
The last talks between the two sides were held on Wednesday (July 4) and no new offers have been made since then.
The economic effects of a strike lasting even two or three weeks would be great because the fishing season is comparatively short and lasts only until August.
But although the shore workers began their strike at noon on Friday, they did return briefly to work.
Both sides agreed that fish caught prior to the noon deadline should be handled.
SYNOPSIS: The salmon fishermen of British Columbia, Canada, are hauling in their nets for the last time -- until a dispute over salmon prices is settled. The fishermen and their colleagues, the boat tendermen, cleaners and packers, went on strike on Friday. The four thousand fisherman want higher guaranteed prices for their catch. The storeworkers are demanding two dollars on hour pay rise over two years and equal pay for women.
The strike came after the break-down of negotiations between the unions and the Fisheries Association of British Columbia. It could cripple the province's forty million sterling a year salmon fishing industry. For the salmon season is short and ends in August.
The last talks were held on Wednesday and no new offers have been made since then. Seven thousand five hundred workers are involved in all.
But some salmon at least beat the strike. Shore workers who walked off the job at noon on Friday came back to work -- temporarily. They agreed to handle fish caught before the noon strike deadline.