Locked out for almost a month, employees of the Jean Coutu warehouse in Varennes demonstrated in front of a dozen branches on the island of Montreal on Saturday.
The conflict erupted with the 24-hour strike called by the union on September 23. The employer then declared a lockout which continues today.
The union members at the Varennes warehouse are asking for the same salary conditions as the employees of the Metro grocer, which owns the Jean Coutu Group.
“We are asking for parity with Metro because we have the same job title,” said Audrey Benoît, president of the Union of warehouse workers at the Jean Coutu Pharmacy (CSN).
“We want to make the employer understand right now that we are at an impasse in terms of salary and money, then that it cannot last,” she added.
The employer says it wants to find a quick solution, but considers the union’s demands as too demanding.
“The union is indeed demanding increases worth more than 25% for workers who are already the most expensive paid in the pharmacy industry with an average hourly wage of $ 27 plus bonuses, bonuses, employee benefits paid by the employer and more, ”said the Jean Coutu Group in a press release.
Union spokesperson Thierry Larivière told Agence QMI that the pension plan “has not been improved for eight years and the employer’s contribution – at 4.25% per year – is not most generous ”.