Aug 24, 2023
By Jane Brown
There are new developments in the ongoing strike by Metro grocery store workers in the GTA.
A spokesperson for Metro says the grocer is filing an unfair labour practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board against their union Unifor, arguing Unifor reps are not bargaining in good faith.
Metro Spokesperson Marie-Claude Bacon says the union has refused to return to the bargaining table while Unifor National President Lana Payne says the union is disappointed Metro has not come back to the bargaining table with a wage offer that ensures its frontline grocery workers can afford food, rent and to support their families.
Payne joined striking workers Wednesday as they ramped up their pickets beyond the 27 stores closed by the walkout to other stores and warehouses.
“We have had increased picketing at a number of other stores not represented by Unifor,” she said, in addition to the two warehouses Wednesday.
A statement from the company says the ramped up picketing is preventing deliveries of fresh products to Metro and Food Basics stores across the province.
Payne says workers are asking for a fair share of the company’s rising profits with many workers demanding their pandemic hero pay of two dollars an hour be reinstated.