There are many critical labour negotiations currently going on in Canada that are near and dear to my heart, including one at Fraser Papers. Another, though, has me transfixed and scanning the newswires daily for progress reports. OPSEU, the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union and the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) have set tomorrow, June 24, at midnight, as a strike deadline in their contract negotiations. Evidently some 60% of OPSEU members working at the LCBO are “casuals” with little or no employment benefits to go along with their working poor annual income.
Okay boo hoo. The real issue here is that the LCBO may not be able to open its doors on Thursday morning.
DID YOU HEAR ME????
Yes, my memory is a little vague on the definition of ‘essential service’ but access to quality vintage is for certain among them is it not??
Look here … right from the Department of Justice Canada… it’s in the labour code for crying out loud:
“essential service” means a service, facility or activity of the Government of Canada that is or will be, at any time, necessary for the safety or security of the public or a segment of the public.
…safety and security of the public…. plain English.
Phew, I was worried there for a second.