Strike date set for workers at grocery chain in Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton and Oshawa

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Published July 13, 2023 at 2:41 pm

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Metro grocery store workers in Mississauga, Hamilton, Oshawa, Oakville, and across the GTA ready are poised to go on strike early next week.

Unifor has set a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday (July 18) for more than 3,700 frontline grocery workers at 27 Metro stores across the GTA.

“Our negotiating committee is prepared to bargain all day and night to achieve a fair collective agreement,” says Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Unifor members at Metro deserve a collective agreement that not only addresses the significant affordability challenges they face, but that also fairly distributes the company’s record profits with those on the frontlines generating those profits.”

The union said progress has been made in talks with Metro that began on June 26, but more work needs to be done on wage, benefit and other monetary issues
Unifor members at Metro voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action ahead of negotiations in the event a deal cannot be reached.

“Our members sent a clear message to the company that if their priorities are not met, and wages and benefits do not improve, they are prepared to take strike action,” says Unifor Local 414 President Gord Currie.
Canada’s largest private sector union, Unifor represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

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