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Metro, Unifor Reach New Tentative Agreement

Following a month-long strike by 3,700 Metro grocery workers across the greater Toronto area, a tentative agreement has been reached between Unifor and Metro.

“The agreement, which is fair and equitable for our employees and our customers, is unanimously recommended by the union’s bargaining committee and will put an end to the labour dispute if ratified. It will be submitted to the employees for a ratification vote that will take place shortly. The union will present the details of the agreement to its members at that time,” said Metro in a statement, Wednesday.

Unifor Local 414 members at 27 Metro stores have been on strike since July 29. Last month, Metro expressed disappointment that workers rejected a tentative collective agreement despite the union bargaining committee unanimously recommending it to its members.

“Our union was able to negotiate this new tentative agreement due to the unwavering commitment of our Metro grocery members who were united in their goal to improve their wages and working conditions,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I commend the workers and the bargaining committee for their solidarity and also the customers who supported them during this difficult time.”

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