Collective agreement: telework formalized at Loto-Québec

Collective agreement: telework made official at Loto-Québec


Loto-Québec professionals formalized their right to work from home almost at all times in their new collective agreement, ratified Monday after a short strike that greatly disrupted the operation of the state-owned company . 

Under the agreement approved by 96% of some 455 Loto-Québec professionals, workers will be required to report to the office only four days a month.

The new six-year work agreement also provides for salary increases of 2% per year. However, in the context of inflation, bonuses and lump sums are also provided, including a lump sum of 6.5% of salary for 2022, underlined the Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnelles du gouvernement du Québec, detailing the terms of the agreement on Tuesday morning.

Employees will also work half an hour more per day, increasing from 35 to 37.5 hours per week.

“We are pleased that the employer has improved its offer to the satisfaction of members,” commented the third vice-president of the SPGQ, Guillaume Bouvrette.

Loto-Québec professionals began a general strike on September 10, before suspending it September 13.

During this period, Loto-Québec's computer system experienced malfunctions, preventing the sale and validation of lottery tickets for a few days last week. Since the professionals, including Loto-Québec's IT specialists, were on strike, the problem could not be resolved for five days.

The strike also forced the postponement of the deployment of the new version of the 6/49 lottery.