The employer admitted to needing “flexibility” from workers to adjust to milk processing needs. (archives)
Agropur and the union representing the 250 workers on strike at the Granby plant met on Tuesday following the union's conditional offer to end its strike.
Last Friday, the union of the Central of Democratic Trade Unions (CSD) offered to end its strike, which began on June 29, provided that the employer renounces its intention to modify the working hours work.
It was this issue of changes in working hours that had prompted the workers to call an indefinite general strike, even before the wage issue was addressed.
The union claimed that the employer wanted to lengthen the working day from eight hours to twelve and that he also wanted the employees to return to work at different times depending on the day of the week.
The employer did not want to confirm or deny these union claims, but admitted to needing “flexibility” from workers to adjust to milk processing needs , which sometimes vary.
The CSD union claimed that the employer had made 158 requests for changes affecting 32 of the 33 clauses of the collective agreement.
< p class="e-p">The meeting was not over by mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
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With information from La Presse canadienne