About 200% of union workers of Sucre Lontic, one of Canada’s largest sugar producers, voted 98% indefinitely at a general meeting in Montreal on Saturday morning.
In a statement released on Saturday, he said employees at Quebec’s only sugar refinery were ready to “increase stress” after 21 negotiation sessions.
“Over the years, the use of subcontracting at the plant has increased significantly. This week, we have to seriously discuss this issue, which is a major issue on the negotiating table. -CSN President Benoit Desrociers said.
As a result, workers whose collective agreement expired in May 2021 are planning to strike when deemed appropriate.
The Lantic plant produces 540,000 tons of sugar per year and has three plants nationwide in Vancouver, Tabor and Montreal.
“The indefinite strike will significantly reduce production speed. According to our information, the plant has the capacity to hold for a week. After that, there is a risk of sugar depletion,” said Nancy Matthew, secretary general of the CSN Federation of Commerce.
Other factories are not enough to pay for the Montreal factory closure. In addition to producing sugar for consumers through the Sucro-Lantic food markets, it also supplies producers such as Heinz or Barry Colebott, who supply large quantities of chocolate in North America. The strike will have a significant impact on many sectors, “said Ms Mathew.