UFCW wants Quebec's labour board to block closing of Wal-Mart store

Union files application to board in an attempt to stay closing of Jonquière store that voted in favour of unionizing
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/02/2005

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has filed an application with the Quebec Labour Relations Commission in an attempt to block Wal-Mart Canada from closing a store in Jonquière, Que.

Yvon Bellemare, president of the UFCW Canada Interprovincial Council and UFCW Canada Local 501, said Wal-Mart’s decision to close the store following a vote by employees to unionize was a contravention of s. 15 of the Quebec Labour Code.

“The real reason for shutting the Jonquière store is that the employees stood their ground by unionizing, and not because of any alleged financial difficulties,” said Bellemare. “This closing really amounts to dismissing people for engaging in union activity, and is a violation of the Quebec Labour Code and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms which guarantee the right to free association.”