Longueuil white-collar workers hold four more strike days

By The Canadian Press

White-collar workers in Longueuil are holding a new series of strike days this week, starting on Tuesday and ending on Friday.

The 1,200 union members, who are members of a local union of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).

The workers include technicians, office employees, professionals, school crossing guards and swimming pool employees and they are demanding the renewal of their collective agreement, which expired on Jan. 1, 2021.

As a result of the strike, the City of Longueuil has announced that its service centre and administrative buildings will be closed due to the strike.

The skating rinks and libraries are also closed, but the indoor pools remain open.

The white-collar workers are demanding the same conditions as those granted to the city’s blue-collar workers including a 10 per cent pay raise and a four-day week.

The union sees this as a question of “internal equity.”

The city, for its part, is denying offering less to white-collar workers than to blue-collar workers.

White-collar workers, who voted 92 per cent in favour of a strike mandate last November, also walked off the job on March 13 and 14.

According to the union, telecommuting and recognition for employees with very precarious working conditions are also part of the discussions.

This report by La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews.

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