After more than a month of strikes at his plant in Saint-Anselme, Chowder-Appalachs, the chicken processor Accelder accepts the hypothesis of a special intermediary solution.
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“Cooperative management agrees with the hypothesis of a solution submitted by a specialized management mediator. We feel the ball is now in the union workers’ court and we are reaching out to them to put an end to the conflict involving us,” Quebec Poultry said on Twitter, where millions of chickens are slaughtered each year.
Labor Minister Jean Boulette was also pleased to see the situation.
“Another step taken in the conflict at Excelder. […] This is good news. Union members will vote in the Sovereign Plenary Session, ”he said on Twitter.
On Tuesday evening, the minister summoned the parties to his Quebec cabinet for a solution to end the strike.
The proposal of the arbitrator, the content of which is not specified, should be submitted to the workers in the coming days.
In the midst of the conflict: Wage increases and improved working conditions in the factory sought by union members have been particularly complicated by the spread of COVID-19. Employees are particularly regretting that they were not taken into account when working overtime during this period.
“We very much hope that our members will accept this offer. It will be the recommendation of the Negotiating Committee (…) that we hope it will be a good solution that will allow them to return by next week,” UFCW Union spokesman Roxanne Lauro told LCN on Thursday afternoon.
If union members vote in favor of the proposal, it could quickly return to work and thereby end the chicken crisis, which has now lasted a month at the Saint-Anselm plant and has taken off nationally. Supply in markets.
More than a lakh chickens have been euthanized and dumped in recent weeks due to a labor dispute.
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