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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Granby Agropur plant reaches deal in principle with employees’ union

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Key takeaways: 

  • Employees are to vote on the accord Wednesday.
  • The agreement comes a month after 250 employees at the plant went on strike over problems with working hours.

The Agropur plant in Granby, Que. has agreed in principle with the association representing its employees. Workers are anticipated to vote on it in a meeting Wednesday.

The deal arrived a month after 250 employees at the plant went on strike over problems with working hours.

During the conflict, hundreds of thousands of liters of milk had to be thrown away because they could not be processed at the factory.

Labour Minister Jean Boulet declared on Twitter late Sunday, congratulating the parties.

“I welcome the deal between Agropur and its workers affiliated with the CSD [Centrale des syndicats démocratiques]. Finding answers is always the best way to resolve a labor quarrel,” wrote the minister.

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The Agropur plant in Granby, Que. has agreed in principle with the association representing its employees. Workers are anticipated to vote on it in a meeting Wednesday

Simon Lajoie, communications consultant for the CSD, guaranteed to La Presse Canadienne that the parties reached a contract Friday evening.

According to the CSD, Agropur wanted to expand shifts from eight hours to 12 and change start times throughout the week.

Agropur didn’t guarantee the CSD’s report, but a representative said the firm required more “flexibility” from employees to adjust to the plant’s conditions relying on the volume of milk available.

The firm is working with the union to make a return-to-work protocol for striking employees.

Source – CBC News

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