The Russians are coming!

Island lobster plant imports workers to fill jobs
||Last Updated: 05/17/2006

Prince Edward Island's largest lobster processing plant is importing workers from Russia to fill jobs that couldn't be filled locally.

The Ocean Choice plant in Souris, P.E.I., about 80 kilometres east of Charlottetown, flew in 19 Russian workers last week, with the full support of the union. Another group from Russia will be arriving in a couple of weeks.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 864 said that there simply aren't enough workers available near Souris, a town of about 1,200, to staff the plant.