Some Co-op gas stations in Winnipeg replenish fuel supply

Customers are seen filling up at the Co-op gas station at 1745 Kenaston Blvd., in Winnipeg early Sunday afternoon. Michael Draven/Global News

Some Winnipeg Co-op gas stations appear to have replenished fuel supplies amid the ongoing labour dispute with workers at the company’s Regina refinery.

Customers could be seen filling up at the Co-op Gas Bar at 1745 Kenaston Blvd. Sunday afternoon after it, along with several other locations across the city, ran out of fuel late last week.

Clerks who answered the phones at the 3755 Portage Ave., 1925 Portage Ave., 1123 Gateway Rd., 2335 Main St., 1376 Regent Ave. and 1621 St Mary’s Rd. Co-op’s said regular gas has been replenished at those locations as well.

About 10 other locations contacted by Global News said the tanks were still dry.

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The fuel shortages come as a result of blockades set up by Unifor members at refineries in Regina after employees were locked out of work.

A spokesperson for Unifor told Global News that Co-op got some fuel trucks out of Regina on Friday when local police interfered with their “legal right to picket.”

Unifor and Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) have been in a labour dispute since Dec. 5, 2019.

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A spokesperson for Co-op could not be reached on Sunday to confirm if any other Winnipeg locations will have their fuel supplies replenished.

Last week, Co-op CEO Doug Wiebe said convenience stores and car washes are still operating.

Unifor represents some Global News employees.

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