More than 1,400 Unifor Local 597 members at 11 Dominion grocery stores in Newfoundland went on strike as of 10:01 p.m. Saturday night, after the union said they voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from Loblaw, Dominion’s parent company.
“There were gains in some areas but in the end the monetary offer fell short, last month Dominion clawed back two dollars an hour pandemic pay from their workers then offered just half of that back over the entire life of the three-year contract,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias in a news release.
According to the release, in 2019, Dominion eliminated more than 60 full-time positions at Newfoundland stores. The release also said more than 80 per cent of the workers are part-time, with low pay and limited access to benefits, and have not received a pay raise since spring 2018.
"These are the very workers who supported us all during this pandemic and I hope that the public will support them now," said Unifor Local 597 President Carolyn Wrice in the news release.
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