Zoo employees set up 10-day strike bank

Zoo employees set up 10-day strike bank
Zoo employees set up 10-day strike bank

Zoo union members set up a bank of 10 strike days on Tuesday evening, to be used at times deemed appropriate.

These 130 workers occupy different positions, including veterinary and animal care technicians, naturalist interpreters, mechanics, carpenters, and administrative staff.

The strike mandate could be divided into half-days, full days or consecutive days, the union told The Canadian Press on Thursday.

14 negotiation meetings so far

In total, there were 10 negotiation meetings, in addition to four meetings in the presence of a conciliator from the Ministry of Labor, we learned from reading the press release issued by the union party on Thursday morning.

“It is not normal that after 14 negotiation meetings, no more than 10% of the normative clauses have been settled!” denounces Mr. Valiquette.

The union denounces in particular that “the employer continues to use seasonal employment statuses, while we all know that the Zoo has been open year-round for several years,” the press release states.

According to the union, the fight currently being waged by the Zoo employees is necessary not only for the sake of the working conditions of the employees, but also to improve the long-term care of the animals and the customer experience offered at the Zoo.

“Rest assured that despite the pressure tactics, despite the strike mandate, the employees’ priority remains and will always remain the well-being of the animals and that no animal will lack care or suffer from it,” said Denis Beaudin, president of the Conseil central des syndicats nationaux de l’Estrie (CCSNE–CSN).

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