UPDATE: Labrador protest has ended

Derek Montague
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Traffic is once again flowing normally to the Muskrat Falls construction site in Labrador following a brief protest this morning (Feb. 18).

Police say the roughly 20 protesters left the scene shortly after 8 a.m., not long after RCMP officers began escorting vehicles through the protest line.

The demonstrators are currently meeting with Nalcor officials at the Nalcor office on Burnwood Drive, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Sources say the protestors are meeting with the officials four at a time to discuss their grievances with the hiring process. The other protestors are standing across the street holding signs while waiting for their turn..

 

— Earlier story below:

A protest has slowed traffic along part of the south coast highway this morning. The demonstrators, around 20 in total, say that contractors at Muskrat Falls are not following the hiring protocol, which is supposed to give Labradorians priority for jobs at the site.

Most of those protesting say they have applied for jobs at Muskrat Falls, but never received a call back.

The protesters blocked off the road near the bridge on the south coast highway, not allowing most traffic going into Muskrat Falls to pass through.

RCMP officers are at the scene.

More to come on this story.

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls

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