Fisheries and Aquaculture
December 17, 2007
Provincial Government Begins Process of Implementing
The Provincial Government has begun the process of implementing the Integrated Transition Strategy for displaced plant workers at Trouty by distributing information to the displaced workers. On November 15, the province announced that it had approved benefits for the displaced workers under the strategy. The province recently began the process of sending information on employment assistance measures to approximately 200 plant workers who were displaced when the Barry Group announced the closure of this plant.
"The Provincial Government will support the Trouty workers by providing much-needed employment support, while working to improve opportunities for future employment by providing transition employment counseling," said the Honourable Tom Rideout, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "In addition, we will work with industry, community groups and municipalities to help identify new opportunities that will help generate long-term sustainable employment."
The integrated strategy assists plant workers and regions impacted by permanent plant closures. Under this strategy, the fish plant workers will qualify for the following:
Additionally, as part of the integrated strategy, the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development is intensifying its work with regional partners in the area to identify long-term economic diversification opportunities for the region. One element of this initiative is the availability of a transitional wage subsidy for small and medium-sized enterprises that are able to create new jobs to hire workers displaced by the Trouty plant closure.
All former workers at the Trouty fish plant should receive an information package in the mail by the end of this week. If any workers do not receive an information package or if they require additional information or assistance, they are encouraged to contact the numbers below for information:
"We want to ensure that all those affected by the closure of the Trouty fish plant have the information concerning the support initiatives that have been put in place and how they can avail of programs," added Minister Rideout. "Trouty workers looking for additional information are encouraged to contact the appropriate Provincial Government department if they require assistance."
The Integrated Transition Strategy for Displaced Plant Workers has been utilized in response to plant closures in Fortune, Marystown and Port aux Basques. To date, approximately $4.2 million has been paid out in program expenditures.
Lori Lee Oates
Director of Communications
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
2007 12 179:15 a.m.
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