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Employees of SAQ refuse to sign the principle agreement

An SAQ (Societé des Alcools du Québec) store on Mount Royal Avenue East in Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal borough. Benson Cook / Global News

Employees of the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) refused to sign the agreement in principle for the renewal of their collective agreement.

On Nov. 29, the management of the SAQ and the union representing the 800 warehouse and delivery employees announced an agreement in principle, but it was rejected by 86 per cent by the employees.

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced in a press release Monday evening.

“We will meet tomorrow morning with the executive committee of the union to determine what our next actions will be. Obviously, we will also contact the employer,” said Michel Gratton, CUPE union advisor.

The union’s press release does not specify the reasons for the refusal of the agreement.

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“The union representatives will not give any interviews before tomorrow at the end of the day in order to define their action plan,” the statement read.

When the union announced the tentative agreement, it did not want to reveal its contents.

Among the issues in dispute are wages, occupational health and safety issues and overtime.

The Negotiations Continue 

After seeing the agreement in principle rejected by 86 per cent at a general meeting, the union (CUFP-3535) representing 800 warehouse and delivery employees of the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) announces that he is returning to the negotiating table tomorrow.

Read more: SAQ workers threaten 3 day strike starting Friday

“As the holidays approach, we want all Quebecers to have access to SAQ products and therefore we are starting tomorrow in new intensive talks with management. We have heard from our members and we are returning to the table with better guidance,” said Michel Gratton, CUPE union advisor, in a statement released on Tuesday.

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