Strike: Lotto 6/49 draws suspended in Quebec until further notice

The improved version of the Lotto 6/49 lottery is being postponed in the province due to a strike by Loto-Québec employees.

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Loto-Québec will therefore suspend the Lotto 6/49 draws after the September 10 draw.

“It is technically impossible to continue the game in its current form beyond this date as the other provinces will migrate to the new improved version,” the company said in a press release on Wednesday.

The draw, scheduled for September 14, will only be postponed in Quebec.

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Validation of Lotto 6/49 tickets will no longer be possible at retailers or in the app from September 11th, but ticket holders are encouraged to keep their ticket until the situation returns to normal.

An “incomprehensible” attitude

The Union of Professionals and Professionals of the Government of Quebec (SPGQ) said it was outraged that Loto-Quebec chose to lose millions rather than negotiate with its professional staff.

“These losses are higher than the wage increases demanded by the union. This attitude is completely incomprehensible,” SPGQ complained in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

The union said a mediation meeting was scheduled for Tuesday to move talks forward, but the employer decided to call it off.

“Some of our members work at Hydro-Québec, another state-owned company, because conditions are more favorable there. We do not understand the stubbornness of Loto-Québec and the Treasury Secretariat in not giving professional employees the salaries and terms they deserve,” said Guillaume Bouvrette, SPGQ third vice president and Loto-Québec policy manager .

According to him, Loto-Québec would be reduced to turning to outside foreign companies to carry out various mandates. “In addition to the loss of expertise in Quebec, employing consultants is much more expensive,” Mr. Bouvrette said.

He estimates that Loto-Québec pays at least $25 million in subcontracts every year.

“Thus, even by improving working conditions, Loto-Québec would be better off financially to carry out its projects in-house,” he said.

At the end of August, 72% of Loto-Québec employees rejected the agreement in principle reached with management.

“Loto-Québec’s professionals are particularly disappointed with the employer’s salary offer as it translates into a loss of purchasing power given inflation in recent months,” the union said at the time.

For unionized workers, for example, the salaries offered and the inability to telecommute full-time when duties permit, will “damage employee attraction and retention.”

SPGQ alleges that it proposed to the Employers’ Party to meet with the Treasury Board to seek an increase in the current offering, but that “the Employer ignored that request” and that it “limited itself to asking for an increase in the number of ‘Hours worked to increase annual wages’.

Affected employees work in areas such as information technology, communications, sales and marketing, finance, procurement and real estate, and legal.

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