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More than 300 cannabis retail workers in Quebec go on strike
Union members of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), began a general strike on May 20.
According to a CUPE press release, the strike is in response to the suspension of the union president, vice-president and 75 employees who wore dresses and Bermuda shorts rather than the black pants and sweater required by the SQDC
GENERAL STRIKE AT THE QUEBEC CANNABIS SOCIETY
May 24, 2022
The 300 union members of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), called a general strike which began last Friday evening.
This work stoppage follows the suspension of the president of the union, the vice-president as well as 75 employees on the grounds that they wore dresses and Bermuda shorts as means of pressure rather than the black pants and sweater required.
The union side proposed a truce that would put an end to the pressure tactics, but it seems that the SQDC did not seize the opportunity, but chose confrontation instead.
CUPE members at the SQDC are demanding decent working conditions, while the latter refuses to grant them salaries and benefits similar to those offered in other comparable state corporations, in particular the Société des alcools du Québec.
These SQDC workers barely earn $17/h upon hiring and the majority have no full-time position or job security, which puts them in an untenable precarious position.
It will be remembered that the employees voted 91% in February 2022 for a mandate to initiate pressure tactics that could go as far as an indefinite general strike at the time deemed appropriate.
CUPE represents more than 300 SQDC union members who work in 26 branches across Quebec.
“These SQDC workers barely earn $17/hour upon hiring and the majority have no full-time position or job security, which puts them in an untenable precarious position,” the CUPE release states.
A spokesperson for the SQDC told MJBizDaily that the affected stores will operate with limited hours until the labour issues are resolved, adding that the agency plans “to keep serving our customers and fulfill our mandate of migrating consumers over to the legal recreational cannabis market.”
Last month, union members in 22 branches went on strike from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in response to the wage offered by the SQDC during collective agreement negotiations.