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Monday, February 26, 2024

Molson employees at Longueuil factory announce a general strike

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Key takeaways: 

  • Union says salary increase being proposed is under inflation.
  • Near to 420 unionized employees at the Molson-Coors factory in Longueuil announced a general unlimited strike on Friday after turning down the firm’s pay offer.

Close to 420 unionized employees at the Molson Coors factory in Longueuil, Que., announced a general unlimited strike on Friday after turning down the firm’s pay offer. 

It follows a strike ballot the previous Sunday when 99 percent of workers at an assembly of 320 voted for strike action. 

The union said the employer’s salary boost is below inflation. The union said that the firm is also attempting to set compulsory overtime, more work on the weekend, and a recent layoff system that would not take seniority into account.

“The members are united and committed to being admired,” said Local 1999 president Eric Picotte in a previous Sunday news release.  

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Close to 420 unionized employees at the Molson Coors factory in Longueuil, Que., announced a general unlimited strike

“We know the beginning date of this labor conflict, but I can’t say when it will finish.”

The union says Molson has been forced to meet its needs since negotiations started on Jan. 10. The union had earlier said it was ready to return to the negotiating table offered the firm shows a willingness to fix long-standing issues at the factory. 

The working conditions at the factory in Saint-Hubert have been declining since Molson collaborated with the US-based Coors in 2005 and also worsened following a coalition with Miller a few years earlier, Picotte said.

Molson’s net sales increased from $9.7 billion in 2020 to $10.3 billion in 2021, an addition of 6.5%. According to the union, sales also grew 14.2% to $2.6 billion US dollars in the year’s previous quarter. “In short, Molson’s ‘family’ system is a thing of the past,” the union added.

Source – cbc.ca

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