The 780 salaried employees of the two SAQ warehouses, as well as the delivery managers of the various departments, called for a 24-hour strike on Tuesday and decided to implement their word.
Michelle Gratton, union adviser to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), said, “Workers want to show that they are serious about their demands. After more than 12 meetings, the employer did not announce its colors. Members are outraged. The message must be understood by the employer.”
Salary, job security and occupational health and safety measures are among the major issues in dispute.
Mr Gratton stressed that “this is a very beneficial time for the government” and added that the strike would have an impact on the state “treasury”.
Keep in mind that in October, 94% of workers voted in favor of pressure tactics leading up to the strike. The collective agreement expires on the 1stIs April 2021.
At the time of writing, SAQ has not yet publicly responded. Negotiations are likely to continue, usually on Wednesdays and Thursdays.