Siemens plant in Drummondville
The approximately 200 workers at the Siemens plant in Drummondville have approved 83% of the latest employer's offer, which gives them #x27;significant wage increases and even a seventh week of vacation.
The workers, members of a local branch of the FTQ-affiliated union Unifor, will receive a raise $2.10 per hour in the first year, $1.40 per hour in the second year and $1.00 per hour in the third year of the collective agreement. These are average increases of 8.7%, 5.1% and 3.8%.
In addition, the Unifor union obtained a fifth week of vacation after 15 years of seniority, a sixth after 25 years and even a seventh after 35 years of service.
In an interview on Monday, Hugues Perreault, national representative for Unifor, said he believes the 83% approval rating speaks for itself about member satisfaction.
Besides, workers, who had given themselves a strike mandate, did not have to exercise it.
Mr. Perreault argues that the context of labor scarcity in Drummondville has certainly influenced the situation, as well as the fact that other employers in the region have also had to raise salaries more markedly in order to to retain and attract workers.
Employees at this Drummondville plant, which belongs to the giant Siemens, manufacture electrical panels for the residential and industrial sectors.