LCBO could be closed for 14 days as a strike deadline is set in Ontario

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Published July 4, 2024 at 11:06 am

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The union representing workers at Ontario's main liquor retailer says that ahead of a strike deadline tonight, the two sides remain far apart.The LCBO logo is illuminated on the wall of a store Tuesday March 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The union representing workers at Ontario’s main liquor retailer says the two sides remain far apart ahead of a strike deadline.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Friday for its approximately 10,000 workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

A spokesperson says they are committed to bargaining a good deal for workers, but they expect it will be a long day.

The LCBO has said that if a strike takes place, all locations will close for 14 days and after that point, if the strike continues, the Crown corporation will open 30 stores three days a week with limited hours.

The workers are seeking wage increases and more full-time jobs, saying part-time roles have become 70 per cent of their workforce.

The union is also fearful of job losses after Premier Doug Ford’s government announced plans to open up the alcohol market to allow convenience stores and all grocery stores to sell beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails.

If LCBO workers do strike, shoppers can expect store closures followed by significantly reduced shopping hours at a limited number of locations.

Shoppers will still be able to order online, and the retailer will continue to fulfill wholesale orders for restaurants and bars, as well as winery, brewery, and distillery outlets.

With LCBO workers in strike position, other retailers like Wine Rack are preparing for an influx in demand from customers. The retailer says it is ordering more inventory and preparing staff to accommodate more customers if a strike occurs.

– With files from Insauga.com

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