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Olymel, union reach second tentative deal to end strike

Company postpones threatened layoffs pending employees' vote Tuesday

A second agreement in principle has been reached between meat packer Olymel and the union for one of its major Quebec hog slaughter and processing plants to end a months-long strike — this time under threat of layoffs. Olymel and the CSN-affliliated Syndicat des travailleurs de Olymel Vallee-Jonction (STOVJ) announced Sunday afternoon they had reached […] Read more

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Union rejects province’s call for arbitration in Olymel strike

Labour minister had proposed third-party settlement

A proposal from Quebec’s labour minister to end a four-month strike at a major hog slaughter plant, which has created a backlog of market-weight hogs on farms in Eastern Canada, has been rejected by the workers’ union. Provincial Labour Minister Jean Boulet, at a meeting Thursday morning, put out a proposal to meat packer Olymel […] Read more


Representatives of les Eleveurs de porcs du Quebec speak Wednesday in Longueuil, calling on Premier Francois Legault to intervene in the strike at Olymel’s Vallee-Jonction hog slaughter plant. (Leseleveursdeporcsduquebec.com)

Striking Quebec pork plant staff reject deal with Olymel

Quebec hog farmers call for province to intervene

Quebec’s hog farmers now want Premier Francois Legault to step in on a months-long strike at a major pork packing plant after its workers rejected a tentative deal between their union and employer. Workers at Olymel’s plant at Vallee-Jonction, about 60 km southeast of Quebec City, met Tuesday evening to vote on an agreement in […] Read more