LCBO could go on strike next month

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You may want to stock up just in case LCBO goes on strike, or then again, it may not matter if drink wine.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario staff represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union will be holding a strike vote on April 24 and 25.

The union is dead against what they see as ‘creeping privatization’ where wine, cider and beer are being sold in130 grocery stores which could rise to 450 in the near future.

At the bargaining table, OPSEU says the LCBO is demanding “concessions” that it will not accept, and says major concerns include job security, scheduling and health and safety.

OPSEU has asked the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator and if those discussions fail, it can start the clock toward a strike.

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The union represents 7,500 LCBO staff whose collective agreement expired March 31.

How effective the strike will be is a matter of debate but what can be said for sure is that Ontario’s drinkers will push for even more privatization simply so that they can’t be blackmailed by a monopolistic LCBO. CINEWS

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