While the lockout at the Jean Coutu distribution center in Varennes has been going on for about three weeks, many employees demonstrated in front of a dozen branches in Montreal.
The situation affects some 700 workers, who “are on the streets” in the midst of the pandemic, deplores Thierry Larivière, information advisor for the CSN. Supply problems persist, even for some drugs. At the beginning of the month, some Jean Coutu pharmacies feared insufficient supplies.
“We hope that it will be resolved as quickly as possible,” continues Mr. Larivière.
During the first wave of the pandemic, currently affected employees were considered essential, their work was emphasized and they were entitled to a bonus, he notes.
“This is not acceptable, that [le lock-out] has repercussions throughout Quebec at a critical moment in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19, ”explains the spokesperson.
This lockout began on the morning of September 24, after a 24-hour strike by employees of the distribution center which supplies the entire network.