Canada Day is on the horizon (only two weeks!) and we know lots of people will be planning some sort of sunny (hopefully) celebration. If you live in Ontario, you might want to pick up your booze for the occasion sooner rather than later because LCBO workers just might be going on strike. Should it happen, the strike would start June 26th (five days before Canada Day) so you should probably hit up the LCBO in the next week if you want to be drinking anything harder than water on Canada’s birthday.
A group of 8,000 workers who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are poised to go on strike if the company cannot meet the June 26th deadline for signing a new collective bargaining agreement. The previous agreement expired in March and the two parties have been negotiating since then.
One of the main concerns of LCBO workers is the precarious and part-time nature of their employment. Eighty-four percent of employees are part-time with no room to be promoted to full-time. They are also fundamentally disappointed with how the establishment treats their staff.
Some LCBO workers have launched an online project called Liqileaks that shares the stories of employees and their displeasure with the company’s alleged exploitation. They talk about the precarious position they are in with shrinking hours, a constant rotation of part-time workers and uncertainty surrounding scheduling.
A new ad by Liqileaks also targets LCBO president and CEO George Soleas for making a ‘six-figure salary’ and having a secure job while the majority of his employees work part-time.
There is also increasing concern for employees with the new legislation that allows wine and beer to be sold in grocery stores. That’s the good news for consumers next week though. If you don’t make it to the LCBO before the 26th, remember there are some grocery stores where you can now get the alcohol bare necessities.