After more than a month and millions of liters of milk wasted, the industrial action at Agropur’s Granby plant could be coming to an end. A tentative agreement was reached on Sunday between Agropur and the union representing the 250 striking workers.
Updated yesterday at 21:57.
Details of the preliminary agreement between the union and Agropur will be presented to workers on Wednesday. They can then confirm whether or not they have a new collective agreement.
News of the agreement in principle was first announced late Sunday by Quebec Labor Minister Jean Boulet. He congratulated the parties in a message posted on Twitter.
“I welcome the basic agreement between Agropur and its CSD-related employees,” tweeted the minister. Finding solutions is always the best way to resolve a labor dispute. »
The information was then confirmed by the union’s Communications Advisor for the Central Democratic Union (CSD), Simon Lajoie. He said the deal happened late Friday night.
Back to work in the next few days?
Last Monday, the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec (FPLQ) called on the parties to “negotiate carefully and with commitment to avoid food waste and end the economic losses that producers are currently suffering as a result of the conflict”.
Sunday’s announcement does not change the federation’s position, he said The press François Dumontier, Communications Director of the FPLQ. “We will keep this request pending […] that a return to work is not confirmed. »
As the agreement is provisional, union members are recommended to accept the proposed employment contract. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, but the time has not yet been announced.
The parties are still in talks to establish the protocol for the strikers’ return to work. Employees are expected to return to the factory in the next few days.
More than a month strike
The 250 striking workers at the Agropur Cooperative plant in Granby in the Eastern Townships have been on an indefinite general strike since 29 June. The question of working hours and job cuts is at the center of the demands of the employees represented by the CSD.
The Agropur cooperative submitted 158 claims covering 32 of the 33 articles of the collective agreement.
The company, one of the largest in the province, receives 800,000 liters of milk a day and processes 10% of Quebec’s milk into cheese.
In the first week of the conflict, 2 million liters of milk were poured down the drain. As a result, waste was avoided in particular through the efforts of the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec.
With the Canadian Press