Management at the Unidindon turkey slaughtering, cutting and deboning plant in St-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville, in the Montérégie region, welcomes the result of the vote by the members of the Syndicat des travailleurs (ses) d'Abattoirs de volaille de St-Jean-Baptiste (CSN) in favour of a new collective agreement. The vote, held at a general assembly this morning in St-Hyacinthe, ratified by 85% the agreement reached earlier this week between union representatives and the employer after several negotiation sessions. The previous collective agreement expired last December 31, while the new 6-year agreement will expire on December 31, 2026.
In summary, the new agreement recommended for acceptance by the union leadership provides for an increase of almost 9% upon signing of the agreement with an average of 3.5% per year for subsequent years. The pay increment period will be reduced from the current 24 months to 12 months in 2023. The employer's contribution to group insurance was increased and the vacation plan for the most senior category of employees was improved, as were certain premiums, including the night shift premium.
"Unidindon's management is very happy with this agreement that will improve working conditions for all employees and should provide greater stability in our operations and in achieving our business goals. In this difficult period caused by the pandemic, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of our employees, as well as the work of the union and company teams who allowed the negotiations to proceed smoothly, without interrupting the plant's operations, and reached a conclusion that will benefit both parties. This new agreement will contribute to the continuous improvement of our work environment, which is essential to our success," said Pascal Courville, Manager of the Unidindon plant.