- Employees at Metro warehouses in Toronto, who have been on strike for several days, are set to return to work.
- Workers will receive a $2.25 per hour raise in the first year of the new contract, which will be paid retroactively to October 24, 2021, according to Unifor.
Metro warehouse employees in the Toronto area, who have been on strike for several days, are scheduled to return to work.
Unifor members at Metro Distribution Centre warehouses secured “substantial salary gains” in a new collective agreement, thus “ending a seven-day strike action,” according to a press release published Friday.
After rejecting a tentative agreement among the union and Metro Inc., more than 900 workers went on strike on April 2.
According to Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi, “achieves the best maximum pay rate as well as fastest progression in the sector.”
“It will undoubtedly raise the bar for warehouse workers across Ontario,” Rizvi said in a statement released with the announcement.
Unifor has “negotiated an inflation-beating rise of over 8% on average in the first year,” according to Rizvi, as well as “pension and benefit wins.”
According to the statement, the more than 900 workers at Metro warehouse distribution centers will get an average compensation boost of 15.8% over the next 4.5 years.
This agreement “reflects the amount of respect” that the employees deserve, according to Unifor Local 414 Unit Chairperson Frank Reynolds, and “ensures that our members will continue to lead the warehouse sector.”
According to Unifor, workers will receive a $2.25 per hour raise in the first year of the new deal, which will be paid retroactively to October 24, 2021.
Members will also see greater premiums for freezer work, a faster wage progression to the maximum rate, and improved pensions and benefits.
In an email to Global News, Metro Inc. said it is “pleased” to report that the members have ratified the new 4.5-year collective agreement.
In a statement, Carmen Fortino, Executive Vice President, Ontario Division Head as well as National Supply Chain, Metro Ontario Inc., said, “We are glad to have reached what we believe is a fair and acceptable resolution.” “Our distribution center employees benefit from competitive working conditions, and the new contract ensures that these standards are maintained.”
Source: CTV news
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