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Quality Meats workers on strike

Nov. 1/04  Toronto, ON  At 12:01 a.m. on November 1, 2004, approximately 600 unionized workers at the Quality Meats Processing facility in Toronto began legal strike action. The striking workers are out to demand fair and just improvements in wages, pensions, hours of work and collective agreement language.

Negotiations for a renewed contract commenced on September 7, 2004. On October 16, 2004, workers voted to give their negotiating committee a strike mandate. On October 28, they voted down the employers offer.

"The members voted, almost unanimously, in favour of strike action," says UFCW Local 175 President Wayne Hanley. "They are prepared to stay out until Quality Meats offers a fair and just contract. They are determined and in very combative spirits and the Union fully supports their decision to strike." Hanley says the workers are frustrated about wages and working conditions.

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