SAQ employees walk off the job across Quebec today (again)

Aug 22 2018, 2:42 pm

Hundreds of SAQ branches across Quebec will be closed on Wednesday as the employee union strike continues into its second, nonconsecutive day.

In June, the union of the government-run liquor board voted in favour of a six-day strike and on July 17, they initiated day one.

According to their website, union members from 63 different branches gathered in front of Quebec City’s National Arts Museum and marched to the National Assembly at noon.

Different strike activities are planned throughout various branch locations across the province.

The union says Wednesday’s pressure tactic is aimed at the government rather than the employer and that their goal is “to reduce the impact of the labour dispute on your shopping habits.”

Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) represents 5,500 workers across Quebec from 404 different locations.

73 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 across the province is available online.

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