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Public swimming pool employees in Longueuil, Quebec, voted 82 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, to be applied at the appropriate time.These pressure tactics could affect the opening of swimming pools this summer.

Some of the issues stalling the negotiations are the implementation of a suitable salary structure for this type of employment, a guaranteed minimum of working hours, and training of young employees, one of whose tasks is to monitor the pools and prevent drowning.

We are asking for fair treatment of our employees who do important work.They are responsible for saving lives, but the employer is in no hurry to resolve the situation,” said the president of CUPE 306, Daniel Duval.

The 208 Longueuil pool employees, who have an average age of 16 to 19, have been without a contract since 2005.

In addition, the union foresees increasing pressure on several other demerged cities that have refused to negotiate an agreement for this type of position.