Unlimited strike at Valu-Mart in Shawville - Loblaws gets pressure from workers

MONTREAL, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, unionized workers at Valu-Mart in Shawville, in the Outaouais's region, held a demonstration in front of the Montreal's headquarters of Loblaws. They are asking for a new start of their negotiations which are in a standstill. Exasperated by the attitude and the silence of their local employer, they want to be heard directly by the mother company.

The workers are asking that their negotiation be held entirely in Montreal and not supervised from Toronto, which is the case now. The Valu-Mart supermarket in Shawville is the only one of that banner in the province of Quebec. It is located close to the Ontario border where are the other Valu-Mart.

Why an exception?
The coordinated negotiations in the supermarket sector in Quebec is doing well and several unions have signed agreements with Loblaws. For Benoit Boucher, the union's negotiator: " Why the supermarket in Shawville should be an exception? Shawville is located in Quebec and should be considered the same way as other supermarkets of similar size within our province. The union is part of the negotiation round coordinated by the Fédération du commerce - CSN, and is asking for the same working conditions that have been agreed by workers of other supermarkets in the province".

The union demands are mainly those included in the union platform for other supermarkets. The union only local request is for better security footwear in the workplace. The difference between both parties are far apart regarding wages, pension benefits, insurance and the general terms of the collective agreement.

The 30 employees of the Valu-Mart in Shawville are on unlimited general strike since december 2nd, 2010. "Our members are on the picket line 7 days a week, 8 hours a day. We are more than ever determined to obtain better working conditions, says Karen Cartman, president of the union. "The support we get from our fellow workers and the CSN will help us in our struggle'', she added. 

During the demonstration, Valu-Mart's workers received warm support from members of the CSN. A solidarity campaign is now underway that will give financial support to the workers.

The union, le Syndicat des travailleuses et des travailleurs du Valu-Mart is affiliated with the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the Fédération du Commerce - CSN and the Conseil central des syndicats nationaux de l'Outaouais.


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Gabrielle Pelletier, media relations, 514 216-1825

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