A surprise strike called at the Casino de Montréal

A surprise strike at the Casino de Montréal

UPGRADE DAY

Faced with the impasse over the renewal of their collective agreement, the croupiers of the Casino de Montréal have decided to launch a four-hour surprise strike on Saturday, by demonstrating directly in front of their workplace. 

The demonstration began at 4 p.m. in an attempt to advance negotiations, which are stalled on monetary issues, schedules and the organization of work.

“ This is only the first step in an escalation of pressure tactics if the employer does not show more openness during the mediation sessions which will take place from next Tuesday. With today's action, the croupiers are demonstrating their mobilization and their determination to reach a satisfactory agreement,” said Jean-Pierre Proulx, union representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

For its part, the employer Loto-Québec assured that customers are welcomed according to the usual schedule, despite the strike. The poker room will however be closed, while blackjack, roulette and baccarat are still offered.

“Loto-Québec wishes to continue the negotiations undertaken with the union according to parameters which are similar to this which was accepted by the same employment bodies of its other casinos. She remains available for the resumption of exchanges with the union”, it was specified.

Recall that the collective agreement of 521 croupiers has expired since March 31, 2020.

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