The Viandes du Breton plant in Rivière-du-Loup (archives)
The strike has taken late Tuesday for members of the Union of shipping and receiving workers at the Viandes du Breton processing plant in Rivière-du-Loup.
62% of the 24 union members have accepted a tentative agreement for a collective agreement valid until 2024. Employees will return to work on Monday, after two and a half months of an indefinite general strike.
“Everything should be fine, people are very happy to be back at work. »
— Pauline Bélanger, Regional President of the CSN
The agreement in principle provides in particular for a catch-up salary according to which the workers of the expedition-reception of Viandes du Breton will be among the best paid in the industry in Quebec, according to Pauline Bélanger.
Around 3.5% the first year, then 3% for the next two, these increases were one of the sticking points in the negotiation, underlines -t-she.
Other gains made by the union during negotiations include the integration of old premiums into the hourly rate, a sixth week of vacation and protection increased against subcontracting.
Although nearly a third of employees have rejected the agreement in principle, Ms. Bélanger assures that there is no discord within of the union. All in all, the workers were satisfied. Everyone agreed with the result of the vote.
The regional president of the CSN, however, recognizes a signal in the results of the vote. It sends a message: there are still things to do in the collective agreement. We can work on it in 2024.