Employees at one of Quebec’s government-run cannabis shops are threatening to strike for higher wages, just eight months after the legal outlets opened across the province.
The 21 employees of the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie location, one of 15 Société Québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) stores in Quebec, are asking for better salaries, paid holidays and bonuses.
Workers at the store have voted to give their union, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a strike mandate.
“The employer seems to be stuck on freezing wages at a level where they compare themselves to the retail industry in general,” said UFCW Quebec president Antonio Filato.
He says that working at the cannabis store is nothing like other retail work, because employees have the social responsibility of monitoring clients, and need to receive specialized training.
He would like to see employees’ wages raised,…