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ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. -- The Canadian Industrial Relations Board recently issued a decision deeming Marine Atlantic New...


ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. — The Canadian Industrial Relations Board recently issued a decision deeming Marine Atlantic Newfoundland as an essential service.

There is to be no reduction in the level of Marine Atlantic’s regular ferry service between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia at any time of the year.

"This is a great day for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and the travelling public. This decision ensures a continuity of service and Marine Atlantic looks forward to continuing to provide a safe, reliable and quality Newfoundland-mainland ferry service in the future," said Chairman, Captain Sid Hynes.

Marine Atlantic will work with the Canadian Marine Officer’s Union to ensure that a fair and responsible contract is put in place for them.

The decision is in response to CMOU’s application to the Labour Board. An inquiry was conducted into whether the ferry service to and from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is essential to the safety or health of the public. This decision ends the process that began in October, 2002.


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