The union that represents thousands of grocery store workers in Ontario says it has reached a tentative agreement with No Frills, averting a strike that could have started as early as Monday.
In a statement Sunday morning, Unifor says the tentative deal reached on behalf of almost 1,300 No Frills workers across the province, will be up for a vote by its members this week.
“Our bargaining committee at No Frills was determined to build on what grocery store workers had achieved this past summer with Metro,” said Unifor national president Lana Payne.
“This tentative agreement delivers pattern wages and many other improvements for our members.”
Details of the tentative deal were not immediately available.
The company says the agreement will be submitted to the employees for a ratification vote.
The union had announced the strike deadline on Thursday, calling for higher wages and better working conditions for employees at 17 stores.
No Frills is the discount grocery banner owned by Loblaw Cos. Ltd., the largest grocery company in Canada.
The 17 stores include locations in Toronto, Whitby, Ont., Niagara Falls, Ont. and elsewhere.
Unifor previously cited growing profits at Loblaw amid the rising cost of living as the reason for their wage demands, saying workers were fed up with the disparity between their pay and the company’s earnings.
“No Frills workers knew that the public would have their back in their demand for their fair share of Loblaw’s enormous profits,” said Unifor Local 414 president Gord Currie.
“Workers made it very clear that they were ready to strike, if necessary, in order to achieve our necessary demands for decent work and pay.”
The No Frills workers — most of which are part-time — will now vote on the tentative deal from Monday to Saturday.