The ongoing strike by Dominion workers in NL is getting support outside of the province with the union setting up pick lines at Loblaw distribution centres in Ajax, Ont. and Moncton, NB.
The strike, now in its 11th week, will likely drag on, according to multiple news reports, as Unifor's negotiator Chris McDonald has publicly stated the union has little optimism that a resolution will be found after the province appointed a mediator on Nov. 2 following talks between the union and the company that fell apart on Oct 30.
The main issues of contention continue to be the company ending the $2-an-hour wage increase for workers that was put in place during the pandemic and the push for more full-time jobs. The union says more than 80 per cent of Dominion workers are part time and 60 full time jobs were converted into part-time positions last year.
Eleven Dominion stores across the province have been closed since late August when 1,400 Dominion workers went on strike to demand better wages and more full-time positions.
In week ten of the strike, following the rejection of a Loblaw offer, workers relocated a secondary picket line from the Loblaw Distribution Centre to Weston's Bakery, after Loblaw was granted an injunction prohibiting the striking workers from picketing at the centre.
Before the store closings in August, the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court had granted the company an injunction that prohibited strikers from blocking entrances and exits to Dominion grocery stores.