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A strike could happen as early as 12:01 a.m. on Friday — that’s when the union representing 7,000 Liquor Control Board of Ontario workers has set its strike deadline.
The major issue, according to the union, is part-time and temporary work.
“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 — at a corporation that made $1.6 billion in pure profit last year,” said a statement on the OPSEU website.
For the LCBO it could be a first: the liquor seller has never had a strike, ever.
Spokesperson Heather McGregor says the LCBO is ready in the event of a strike.
“We do have contingency plans to deliver some level of service in the event of a strike,” she said. “The details of the plan — all that will be released if and when it is needed.”