The approximately 455 Loto-Québec professionals represented by the Syndicat de professionnelles et professionels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ) are on strike until Friday.
The negotiations to renew their collective agreement, which expired on December 31, 2021, are deadlocked, in particular due to a “clearly unsatisfactory financial offer” from the employer, the SPGQ said in a press release on Monday.
The union assured that the strike mandate could be lifted “at any time” if the employer presented a counter-proposal deemed acceptable.
“[Les membres] are offended by Loto-Québec’s salary offer because it is far from hitting the inflation ankle, which is hovering around 8% in July 2022. Accepting this offer would be a spectacular impoverishment of these people in the jobs of a very lucrative state-owned company with record lottery sales,” SPGQ said.
The union said it had suggested the employers’ party meet with the Treasury Board to secure an increase in current offers, but “the employer ignored this request and limited itself to offering an increase in annual salaries.”
Members are also asking for the option of full-time telework if their duties allow, but the employer remains closed to that option, according to SPGQ.
For its part, Loto-Québec believes that recent proposals put to the union were “responsible and took into account the current economic context”.
Recall that at the end of a shareholders’ meeting held on July 7th and 13th, Loto-Québec’s professional staff voted in favor of a strike mandate of a maximum of 20 days from Monday to Friday. He also advocated an indefinite general strike mandate every weekday from 6:31 p.m. to 6:59 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays.
“The company is even more disappointed that the SPGQ has still chosen to go down the strike path, as it did in the previous negotiations,” Loto-Québec said in a press release. The company has also requested that an arbitrator be present at future meetings to facilitate discussions between the two parties.
Affected employees work in areas such as information technology, communications, sales and marketing, finance, procurement and real estate, and legal.