End of year and a half strike at 24 SQDC

Employees at 24 offices of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) who have been on strike for a year and a half should finally return to work in the coming days.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents workers in the 24 offices on strike since the end of May 2022, announced that it had reached an agreement with the government.

“Yesterday, both parties received a recommendation from the conciliator, which they accepted. The union has agreed to present it to its approximately 230 members of CUPE 5454 with the aim of renewing their collective agreement. It will recommend its adoption,” CUPE said.

“We have achieved a way out of the crisis that would finally allow the workers we represent to have wage conditions worthy of a state-owned company,” said trade union councilor Daniel Morin.

No details have been released about the content of the offer, which will first be presented to union members on Sunday.

Since the start of the strike, managers have ensured the operation of the SQDC offices. However, these had to close punctually during the absences or vacations of the last employees in the position, which forced the SQDC to maintain a calendar of closures on its website.

The SQDC has about 90 branches in Quebec, five years after its creation following the legalization of cannabis in Canada in October 2018.