SAQ to lay off 190 employees

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The SAQ will layoff 190 employees in the coming weeks. Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press

Quebec’s alcohol authority, the SAQ, will be laying off 190 employees in the coming weeks.

They say the positions are administrative and will not affect employees in stores. The job cuts will affect unionized and non-unionized workers.

Some of the 190 positions to be axed are already vacant positions.

The SAQ calls the layoffs an administrative restructuring and claims it will help keep the price of its products down.

The union for technicians and professionals — SPTP-CSN — has denounced the latest round of cuts. They claim, the layoffs will affect 100 professionals, of which seven positions are currently vacant.

The last round of layoffs occurred last spring where 60 employees were let go.

Overall, the union, said there has been a 30 per cent decrease in the number of computer technicians, analysts, and engineers in the past two years.

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According to the union, employees on the bubble will only know in a few weeks if they have been let go.