Canadian Cannabis Workers Go On Strike

Canadian Cannabis Workers Go On Strike
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The Growth Op reports May 25th More than 300 cannabis retail workers in Quebec go on strike Union members of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), began a general strike on May 20. According to a CUPE press release, the strike is in response to the suspension of the union president, vice-president and 75 employees who wore dresses and Bermuda shorts rather than the black pants and sweater required by the SQDC Union members are calling for salaries and benefits similar to those working in other comparable state corporations, including the Quebec Liquor Corp. (SAQ). GENERAL STRIKE AT THE QUEBEC CANNABIS SOCIETY May 24, 2022 The 300 union members of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), called a general strike which began last Friday evening. This work stoppage follows the suspension of the president of the union, the vice-president as well as 75 employees on the grounds that they wore dresses and Bermuda shorts as means of pressure rather than the black pants and sweater required. The union side proposed a truce that would put an end to the pressure tactics, but it seems that the SQDC did not seize the opportunity, but chose confrontation instead. CUPE members at the SQDC are demanding decent working conditions, while the latter refuses to grant them salaries and benefits similar to those offered in other comparable state corporations, in particular the Société des alcools du Québec. These SQDC workers barely earn $17/h upon hiring and the majority have no full-time position or job security, which puts them in an untenable precarious position. It will be remembered that the employees voted 91% in February 2022 for a mandate to initiate pressure tactics that could go as far…

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