Loblaws employees in Ontario are divided. Almost half of them are not satisfied with the company’s latest offer to unionised workers. 1,600 employees are already on strike and 10,000 more may follow by July 5th.
61 stores in southern Ontario, some in Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough and London, Ontario as well as the Greater Toronto area could be the scene of strikes later this week.
The company, Canada’s largest supermarket chain had major plans for expansion this year, as it expands its presence in the competitive grocery market, but a divided and dissatisfied workforce could put a dent in the plans.
Some locals voted yes to the company’s offer, and others voted no. For Local 1000a, 61 per cent of its membership rejected the six-year deal. The tentative agreement apparently offered the store’s part-time employees no more than minimum wage.
Local 1000a represents workers at 22 Superstores and 39 Loblaw Great Food stores in the Greater Toronto Area which includes the Maple Leaf Gardens’ store in the iconic National Hockey League arena.