Strike by Loto-Québec professionals

Strike by Loto-Québec professionals

BETTING À DAY

The 455 or so Loto-Québec professionals represented by the Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnelles du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ) are on strike until Friday. 

Negotiations for the renewal of their collective agreement, which expired on December 31, 2021, are deadlocked, in particular due to a “clearly unsatisfactory financial offer so far” from the employer, said the SPGQ in a press release on Monday.

The union assured that the strike mandate can be lifted “at any time” if the employer presents a counter-proposal deemed acceptable.

“[Members] are insulted by Loto-Québec's salary offer, because it is far from coming close to inflation, which is hovering around 8% in July 2022. Accepting this offer would be tantamount to a spectacular impoverishment for these people are employed by a very lucrative state-owned company that is recording record sales in the lottery sector,” said the SPGQ.

The union said it had proposed to the employer party to meet with the Treasury Board to reach an increase in the current offers, but that “the employer ignored this request and is limiting itself to offering an increase in the number of working hours in order to increase annual salaries”.

The members are also demanding the possibility of telecommuting full-time, if their tasks allow them, but the employer remains closed to this possibility, according to the SPGQ .

Recall that at the end of a general meeting held on July 7 and 13, the professional staff of Loto-Québec voted for a strike mandate of a maximum duration of 20 days to be taken Monday through Friday. It also endorsed a general strike mandate of indefinite duration, every working day, from 6:31 p.m. to 6:59 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays.

The employees concerned work in particular, in the information technology, communications, sales and marketing, finance, procurement and real estate sectors, as well as in the legal sector.