A labor dispute is emerging at the SQDC
Gathered in a general meeting on Sunday evening, the members of the Union of SQDC-CSN employees voted for a bank of five strike days to be used when deemed appropriate.
The union leaders are demanding salaries and social benefits similar to those offered in other state corporations, such as the Société des alcohols du Québec.
“Since the start of our negotiations, we have been demanding parity with our colleagues from the Société des alcohols du Québec (SAQ) who do substantially the same work as us,” said Maxime Nadeau, president of the union.
In fact, there is a salary disparity of more than 38% between the employees of the SAQ and those of the SQDC, right from the first salary step. The salary offered when an SQDC employee is hired is $17.46 per hour.
83% of the employees accepted recourse to the bank of strike days following an electronic vote held by secret ballot.
Bermuda shorts as a means of pressure
The employees of fifteen branches of the SQDC had launched an indefinite general strike on May 30. They had given themselves a strike mandate last February.
Employees of the Crown corporation then decided to wear Bermuda shorts in branches as a means of pressure. According to the union, management responded to the call by distributing disciplinary notices to several of its employees.
“The management of the SQDC multiplies the maneuvers of intimidation towards its employees in means of pressure, while they are only showing their impatience with an employer party that does not take their negotiation seriously”, underlined Stéphanie. Gratton, vice-president of the FEESP-CSN.
The Union of SQDC-CSN employees represents nearly 200 union members in some fifteen branches.
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