ST. HYACINTHE, QUEBEC – The Union of Olymel Workers in Vallée-Jonction rejected the latest offer to end the strike at the Olymel LLC pork processing plant.
According to a statement released by the union and its president Martin Maurice, 57% of the group rejected the latest agreement from the company. The union has been on strike since April 28.
"The members decided to reject the agreement in principle, deeming it unsatisfactory," Maurice said in the press release. “We will therefore notify the employer and we will return to the negotiation table, still in the presence of the conciliator.”
The workers union represents around 1,050 members that worked at the facility.
Following the latest rejection, Olymel told the Montreal Gazette that it is weighing the options while remaining available to the conciliator in the dispute. However, a company spokesperson said Olymel had reached the limit in its capacity to pay without compromising the viability and permanence of the Vallée-Jonction facility.