CSN heads casino workers demonstration in Montreal as discontent continues

The trade union and Loto-Quebec previously reached an impasse in talks over wages

The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) has announced that its members from four separate casinos will be staging a demonstration today in Montreal.

The demonstration is expected to take place from 11am, with a speech to be delivered around noon, as per the trade union’s statement.

The protest is the latest public show of discontent from workers at casinos in Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, Charlevoix and Gatineau towards their employers, having already staged a one-day strike on June 22 before calling for an ‘unlimited general strike’ one day later.

Through CSN – the second-largest trade union federation in Quebec – workers are demanding increased wages equivalent to the rising costs of living, plus $1 extra per hour.

The union has contested that Société des casinos and Loto-Québec are making significant profits without fairly compensating its workers, with Loto-Québec management allegedly sharing $650,000 in bonuses this year.

Conversely, Loto-Quebec has suggested the union is demanding more than double the amount granted to all the other employees of the organization in the past year.

According to the crown corporation, two money offers were tabled to the union in the last few months, but CSN are not engaging in ‘serious and constructive discussions’.

The impact on casinos across the province has varied; the Montreal, Charlevoix and Mont-Tremblant casinos appear to have been the hardest hit, with certain services limited at all three, while the Casino du Lac-Leamy, Salon de jeux de Trois-Rivières and Salon de jeux de Québec have all been open according to their usual hours.

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