The CSN’s decision to pursue an indefinite general strike has been described as ‘disappointing’ by Loto-Quebec, which has reiterated its desire to hold further talks with the union.
CSN-affiliated employees at casinos in Gatineau, Montreal, Mont-Tremblant and Charlevoix announced an ‘unlimited’ general strike on June 23, a decision which has disrupted operations at the latter three destinations with certain services only offered on a ‘limited basis’.
The salary row escalated to new heights yesterday as CSN members from the four casinos held a demonstration in Montreal, with Loto-Quebec subsequently issuing its latest statement on the matter, having last responded on June 23.
In a post published on its website, the crown corporation noted: “Loto-Québec is disappointed with the union’s decision to pursue an indefinite general strike when all the elements necessary to reach an agreement are available. The employer has already tabled a global and generous monetary offer.
“The Corporation is determined to propose significant improvements to working conditions while ensuring that public funds are managed responsibly.”
Loto-Quebec offered further details of its row with the union which, it claims, has demanded evening, night and weekend bonuses are doubled, in addition to a salary bonus which represents an increase of 24% over three years.
CSN, meanwhile, has always maintained that its workers salary demands are equivalent to the rising costs of living, plus $1 extra per hour.
Despite the protestations of the union, Loto-Quebec remains steadfast in its belief that its offers have been fair, further noting that salaries in casinos are ‘well above the reference market, at more than 20% for the majority of job categories’.
“The Company wishes to resume serious and constructive discussions with the union and the conciliator in order to reach a fair settlement for all of the organization’s employees while ensuring responsible management of public funds,” concluded Loto-Quebec.