“Baillie is desperate to create some political wedge issue for himself, but privatization of alcohol sales should not be used as a political football, “says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE).
Liquor Store Workers
Focus should be on building the current system which protects public safety and meets the needs of customers.
Did we get everything we were asking for? No. Did the LCBO get everything they were demanding of our members? No.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Two-thirds of LCBO employees are casuals with no guaranteed hours, few benefits and an average income that is less than $26,000 a year.
Research shows that Alberta has lost $1.5 billion in tax revenue since it privatized liquor stores in 1993.
“We are looking to the LCBO to negotiate a deal that recognizes fair jobs for all its employees. To date, it hasn’t demonstrated its willingness to recognize fair work for all LCBO employees.”
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“What we seek is a good quality of lives for our families, opportunities for our children and the ability to retire in dignity." - Denise Davis, LCBO bargaining team Chair.
In its last fiscal year the retail giant returned a dividend to the Ontario treasury of close to $1.6 billion on revenue of more than $4.5 billion.
“Given alcohol’s status as the leading risk factor for ill-health, injury and disability in North America” much more needs to be done, according to the researchers.