MISE & Agrave; DAY
Union members representing some 800 warehouse and delivery employees at the SAQ accepted, by 86.3%, an agreement in principle to renew their collective agreement. & nbsp;
“We are very happy! We have restored the letters of nobility to our jobs within this crown corporation. The working conditions in general are improved. Hiring wages have been improved as well as compensation across all salary scales, “said Joël Latour, president of CUPE 3535, in a press release.
After days of strike and the rejection of a first agreement in principle, union members met in general assembly Friday afternoon, in Quebec City, and Saturday morning, in Montreal, to ratify a six-year contract that guarantees increases salaries of around 3% per year.
Also, the employees have accepted a new work arrangement which will allow the warehouses to open on Saturdays and Sundays.
“In this way, we will be able to better supply SAQ branches across the province and, moreover, it will also allow us to develop a new home bottle delivery project,” added Michel Gratton, CUPE union advisor.
For its part, the SAQ was also delighted with this outcome: “Accepting this agreement allows us to look ahead and above all, to continue to restock our branches and our partners. 'business,' said the President and CEO of the SAQ, Catherine Dagenais.
While the traffic has been very high in the SAQ branches in recent weeks, the SAQ estimates that “a few weeks” will be necessary to replenish the shelves of its 400 stores as quickly as possible.