Employees of the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) have walked off the job, initiating a strike.
The union of the government-run liquor board voted in favour of a six-day strike mandate in June. The strike days won’t necessarily be taken consecutively.
SAQ employees have been negotiating new contracts for more than a year and site working hours, job security and seniority as the major factors in the dispute. Part-time employees, which account for 70% of the SAQ staff, are required to work on weekends and are seeking better hours.
The SAQ represents 5,500 workers across the province.
60 branches have remained open since this morning’s strike as senior staff members and managers have agreed to continually serve their clients. A list of open SAQ stores is available online.