Mediator appointed for continuing talks: Unifor
Unifor, Local 146Q members working at Purolator in Quebec rejected a final offer from the employer by a vote of 72 per cent on Oct. 16.
“This result is a clear sign of our members’ outrage at the employer’s lack of consideration for them. They are disappointed and frustrated with the monetary offers presented by the employer,” says Serge Dupont, assistant to the Unifor Quebec director.
Employees had previously voted 78 per cent in favour of a strike mandate during meetings held over the weekend of Sept. 14, says the union.
“Despite the strike vote, the employer has persisted in its attitude of arrogance and contempt for employees by making a final offer that was almost identical to a previous one,” says Dupont.
A mediator has been appointed in the dispute. The union can decide to exercise its strike mandate at any time with a minimum notice of 72 hours following the mediation period, which would be Oct. 21, says the union.Purolator employs about 164 Unifor members in Quebec, working as counter agents in pick-up and delivery locations and in customer service.