QUEBEC CITY, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - After more than four months of
negotiations, USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) workers in the Victor Innovatex
plant, Saint-Georges-de-Beauce have voted unanimously in favour of granting
their bargaining committee a mandate to call a strike as soon as possible.
"Despite the snowstorm last Saturday, more than 90% of members with voting
rights came in to give us this mandate to act until we receive a reasonable
offer in writing from the employer," declared Pascal Loignon, a union staffer
with the Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
On February 22 this year, the union bargaining committee had filed its
monetary demands, while clearly explaining that labour representatives and
members were expecting a new proposal from management at the bargaining
session scheduled for a week later. This meeting did in fact take place, on
February 29; however, there was no return offer from the employer. As a result
of this inability to come to an agreement despite last-minute negotiations,
workers went on strike at 10:30 p.m. on March 10.
Meetings with a conciliator have been scheduled for March 15 and 16. "The
union bargaining committee will be attending, in order to resolve this issue,
which deals primarily with the financial aspect of the employment contract,"
concluded Pascal Loignon.
For further information:
For further information: Pascal Loignon, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (418) 628-8222, (418) 222-2889