Loto-Québec reaches an agreement with the union leadership –

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Loto-Québec has reached a main agreement with the leadership of the public sector union, the Syndicat des professionels et professionnelles du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ), pending a vote by union members, after a strike delayed the launch of a new lottery product.

The indefinite strike, which began on September 10, is now over.

“All Loto-Québec professional staff will therefore be back at work tomorrow, September 14, 2022,” the union said.

Although the main agreement is a significant step forward in the negotiations, it is still possible that the agreement will be rejected in the union ballot. On August 25, a deal was announced between the two sides – only to have it voted down, leading to the initial industrial action.

The lottery later accused the SPGC of engaging in bad faith tactics due to the failed negotiations. The union responded in an open letter:

“Regarding the filing of a complaint for bad faith bargaining against your union representatives, the SPGQ reiterates that it has recommended the agreement as agreed at the August 29 AGM. The employer would benefit from verifying its sources.

“The rejection of the tentative agreement by 72% of voting members with a 95% turnout is an expression of their dissatisfaction and their decision must be respected by the employer,” said the SPGC.

Lotto 6/49 launch derailed

The strike had derailed the planned launch in Quebec of the revamped Canadian lottery, Lotto 6/49 – in addition to causing other disruptions in the operation of the lottery, such as the inability for consumers to redeem tickets on retail sites or through the company’s smartphone app. .

Discussions between negotiators on both sides have in the past been marred by enmity. In a notable incident, Loto-Québec sent a letter Sept. 7 to state-owned company staff making allegations about the union’s role in the negotiations. The SPGC then reacted by accusing the company of obstructing union activities and breaking labor laws. It is said:

“The letter of September 7, 2022 addressed to professional staff by the management of Loto-Québec is an interference in the process of negotiation of the collective agreement. The company suggests that the union has created an impasse in the negotiations and that it is up to it to review its demands in order to restore the bond of trust so that the negotiations can resume. He uses thinly veiled threats.

“The employer’s comments undermine the union’s status as the representative and exclusive representative of Loto-Québec employees. This is a serious act of obstruction of trade union activities within the meaning of article 12 of the Labor Code. A complaint to the Administrative Labor Tribunal will be filed without delay to this effect.

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