TORONTO, April 2, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Metro
Ontario Inc. regrets the decision made by its full-time
distribution centres unionized employees represented by UNIFOR
Local 414 to reject the Company's proposal and to go on strike,
despite the fact that the union bargaining committee unanimously
recommended the settlement to its members.
METRO has been negotiating with the union for the past few weeks
and reached a fair and equitable agreement that meets the needs of
our employees and our customers while ensuring that METRO remains
competitive. The settlement provided significant increases for
employees, including an increase of 6% on average to hourly wages
in the first year of the agreement and a total of 14% wage increase
over 4 years as well as pension and benefits improvements.
"We are disappointed with the employees' decision to strike but
remain ready to go back to the table. We have implemented our
contingency plan and our stores will remain open to serve our
customers," said Carmen Fortino,
Executive Vice President, Ontario Division Head & National
Supply Chain, Metro Ontario Inc.
About METRO inc.
With annual sales of $18 billion,
METRO Inc. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario. Its purpose is to nourish the health
and well-being of our communities. As a retailer, franchisor,
distributor, and manufacturer, the company operates or services a
network of some 950 food stores under several banners including
Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as some 650
drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy
and Food Basics Pharmacy banners, providing employment to more than
90,000 people. For more details, visit corpo.metro.ca.
SOURCE METRO INC.