Hundreds of SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec) branches across Quebec will be closed yet again today as the employee union strike continues into its fifth day.
In June, the union of the government-run liquor board voted in favour of a six-day strike to use when they see fit, day one of which was initiated on July 17.
Different strike activities are planned throughout various branch locations across the province.
The union says the SAQ’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.
Despite the strike, various branches have remained open as senior staff members and managers have agreed to continue to serve clients.
At the heart of the ongoing conflict with the SAQ is a requirement to work weekend shifts, the busiest time at the SAQ. Employers want to increase weekend staff to meet their demands.
46 SAQ stores will be open in the province today, starting at 1 p.m. A list of open branches across the province is available online.