CUPE - Canadian Union of Public Employees

11/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2021 13:36

SAQ: A truce has been called and strike action is suspended for now

[Link] The union representing some 800 employees working in warehouses and those delivering products to SAQsales outlets have announced a truce. As a result, it has suspended strike action until Monday, November 29 at 5 am.

"We didn't want to take SAQcustomers hostage, and since were finally seeing some movement at the bargaining table, we have agreed to suspend strike action for a few days to give talks one last chance. Employees will be therefore going back to work tomorrow, Wednesday morning. The union bargaining committee will pull out all stops at the bargaining table to reach an agreement before Monday," explained Michel Gratton, CUPEunion representative.

Moreover, to reassure the union with regards to the threat to use replacement workers or "scabs," SAQmanagement has committed to providing all the addresses of locations where SAQstores its products.

"We're a crucial link in the chain that drives the SAQ, and we are by far the least paid employees overall. Our members' salaries are no longer competitive, and they have to work too many hours of overtime due to the labour shortage, which has caused occupational health and safety problems. In short, the situation was untenable, which explains the strike vote that received 94% support," added Michel Gratton.