July 11, 2018 3:46 pm

SAQ workers turn wine labels around as pressure tactic

Negotiations have proven difficult regarding weekend work hours and conditions of part-time employees.

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press
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The latest pressure tactic by the union representing Quebec’s state-run liquor store employees is a little backwards and topsy-turvy.

Workers at one downtown Montreal outlet have obscured the labels by turning around all the bottles of wine and liquor on the shelves.

READ MORE: Quebec liquor authority employees’ pre-holiday strike threat falls through

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There is also a media report of one store in the Saguenay region where all the signs indicating prices have been turned upside down, forcing shoppers to twist their heads in order to see how much the alcohol costs.

The liquor corporation’s 5,500 employees are showing their displeasure with stalled contract negotiations and have voted to give their union executive the power to call up to six strike days.

READ MORE: SAQ workers vote in favour of six strike days

Union president Katia Lelievre said today both sides will be back at the negotiating table Thursday and Friday but she wouldn’t say whether her executive would call for a strike if an agreement isn’t reached by the weekend.

Negotiations have proven difficult regarding weekend work hours and conditions of part-time employees.

The provincial government operates about 400 stores through the Quebec Liquor Corp. and has a monopoly on most wine and all liquor sales in the province.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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