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One-day strike at Granby Zoo, remains open to visitors

One-day strike at Granby Zoo, remains open to visitors


About 130 workers at Granby Zoo began a one-day strike Tuesday morning, decrying the slow pace of negotiations to renew their collective agreement. But the popular attraction in Quebec’s Eastern Townships will remain open to visitors.

The workers concerned, who are members of a trade union of the Fédération du Commerce, which is affiliated to the CSN, were given a ten-day strike mandate last week, which they had to exercise in due time.

Examples include office workers, animal caretakers, mechanics, carpenters, and many more.

Last week, the union reported that barely 10 percent of the normative clauses had been settled and that the parties had not yet addressed the salary issue. The last collective agreement for the employees concerned expired on December 31.

According to the union, seasonal worker status and access to positions linked to seniority are among the subjects of dispute.

The union assures that its pressure measures will not have any negative consequences for the health of the animals.

Granby Zoo management confirmed Tuesday that the animal park, water park and amusement park will remain open despite the strike, as will visitor amenities such as restaurants and shops.

In a statement of its own, management said it respects the right of striking workers “to voice their concerns.” It assured that it is doing everything it can to “swiftly resolve this conflict through a mutually beneficial agreement for all parties involved.”

–This report from La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews