The company’s unionized workers Hood Packaging in East Angus, denounce the lockout by their employer in the night from Thursday to Friday.
Around 1:30, members of Local 847 have been off work, announces the Unifor union in a press release.
Earlier this week, members had “overwhelmingly” rejected the final offer from the employer. They had the same time a mandate to exercise pressure tactics that could lead to strike their negotiating committee, it is added.
“We are disappointed that employers maneuver. It is clear that the employer is trying to intimidate workers, “said Sylvain Roy, National Representative of Unifor.
Negotiating since February 11 and after only seven games, the talks have reached an impasse.
The crux of the problem lies in “the employer’s refusal to include in the agreement a number of current practices. The fact is that in recent years, the employer changed on several occasions some ways, among other choices machine / job by employees, the holiday distribution and the time for recovery of bank holidays. ”
And employers money offers were considered insufficient to hope to get an agreement at this time, hence the rejection of bids, said the union.
“On several occasions we have met with the employer to enforce the unwritten agreements that are in place for several years and met the employer, it is a management right, you will make your requests at the next negotiation. Now that’s it, he refuses to integrate applications that only represent the current practice, “said Daniel Robert, president of the local.
“One thing is certain is that we will mobilize to face this attack already picketing is organized and our entire union is on high alert,” Mr. Roy said.
Hood Packaging is located in East Angus in the Estrie region and employs a hundred unionized. Their collective agreement expired March 31, 2016.