CUPE Local 3812 members who transport 85 per cent of Quebec’s securities went on strike July 5 after contract talks broke down.
“The vast majority of our members have been waiting for a new collective agreement for almost 5 years now,” says CUPE Local 3812 President Jocelyn Tremblay. “Our union members are exasperated, and more determined than ever.”
On July 11, the workers, employed by Mouvement Desjardins, were near unanimous (99 per cent) in a vote to reject their employer’s latest offer.
Negotiations, which begin almost a year ago, dragged on without any results despite a conciliator’s attempts to get talks moving. CUPE Local 3812 has 890 members who transport securities.
“Many of our members are paid ten, eleven or twelve dollars an hour, not much above the poverty line. These employees who transport cash in armoured trucks are paid less than deliverymen carrying beer or vegetables. Desjardins needs to take this seriously and show that it respects the danger involved in our job,” says Tremblay.