ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Contract talks between the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union and Ocean Choice International Ltd. have broken off.
Union spokesman Ben Baker says the processing company's demand for concessions has forced them to apply for conciliation.
The negotiations affect about 1,500 workers at OCI fish processing facilities in Port aux Choix, South Dildo, Port Union, Bonavista, Marystown and Triton.
Blaine Sullivan, chief operating officer of OCI, says it was clear that their respective positions were too far apart to be quickly resolved.
He says current economic conditions present both sides with a very challenging climate in which to negotiate a new collective agreement.
The previous contract expired on Dec. 31.
This is the first negotiation between OCI and the union.
The previous contract was carried over when OCI purchased the former Fishery Products International processing assets.