SQDC strike: Negotiations stalled with CUPE

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Strike at the SQDC: negotiations have stalled with CUPE

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Staff at 22 SQDC branches have been on an indefinite strike since May 20.

Negotiations have stalled between the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) and CUPE, which represents the largest number of branch workers in Quebec and many of whom are affected by an indefinite strike.

While the unions affiliated with the CSN have accepted a settlement, the same is not true of those of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) affiliated with the FTQ.

Twenty-two branches where CUPE represents workers at the Société québécoise du cannabis have been affected by an indefinite strike since May 20.

In an interview on Wednesday, the president of the local CUPE David Clément said he offered a settlement offer in conciliation last week and has since been waiting for a response from management. But it's radio silence, according to him.

The dispute relates particularly to salaries, while their colleagues at the Société des alcools receive a considerably higher salary.

He argues that currently the hourly wage upon hiring at the SQDC is $17.12, which he deems insufficient for a Crown corporation. He says the employer's latest offer would raise that salary to $17.46, and his members have no intention of accepting an entry salary of less than 20. $ per hour in 2022, he reports.

SQDC management has yet to comment.

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