With negotiations still deadlocked, about 200 members of the Charity Cannabis Charity (SQDC) union went on strike on Saturday, in about fifteen branches across the province.
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The CSN-affiliated union had voted at the start of the month to bank itself a five-day strike in order to lobby SQDC’s direction. According to federation president Maxime Nadeau, Saturday’s strike will show the important work its members are doing as the Formula 1 Grand Prix returns after a two-year absence.
Our negotiations are still faltering on the issue of wages and the employer still has not made a decent offer of wages. So we started a strike again today, during the weekend when traffic is very high, at a time when the demand for our expertise is high,” explained Maxime Nadeau.
Thus, SQDC employees deplore the disparity of more than 38% between them and their colleagues from the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ). Currently, the base salary at SQDC is $17.12 an hour and it takes about eight years to reach 12e The move is set at $21.23 an hour.
“We again call on the employer to settle these negotiations as soon as possible. Stephanie Gratton, Vice President of the Federation of Public Service Employees (FEESP-CSN), said the Treasury Board should give clear powers to SQDC as soon as possible to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement .