N.L. fisheries union calling on election candidates to increase minimum wage

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The union representing inshore fishers in Newfoundland and Labrador is calling on party leaders during the provincial election to commit to increasing the minimum wage.

The Fish Food and Allied Workers Union released a series of recommendations for party leaders on Wednesday, with a focus on strengthening small coastal communities.

It is calling for policies to encourage more women and young people to join the industry and for a $15 minimum wage.

The Progressive Conservative party quickly followed up Friday with a statement of their own, pledging to create more jobs in the fishing sector and to fight for joint federal and provincial management of the fisheries, similar to the offshore oil sector.

Crosbie has said that he admires the legacy of his father, notoriously outspoken politician John Crosbie, who fought for financial help for fishers whose livelihoods were destroyed by the 1992 cod moratorium.

Meanwhile, Liberal Leader and incumbent Premier Andrew Furey said Thursday that Newfoundland and Labrador is one of just two provinces without an in vitro fertilization clinic and he committed to looking at how government could help families who must to leave the province to obtain the treatment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2021.

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