The Olymel hog slaughterhouse and cutting plant in Vallée-Jonction labour dispute has come to an end, after management and the Syndicat des travailleurs d’Olymel Vallée-Jonction-CSN (STOVJ-CSN) voted in favour of a tentative agreement Tuesday.
“Olymel is relieved to have been able to reach a common ground with union members at the Vallée-Jonction plant. Working conditions and employee compensation will thus be improved, while maintaining the company’s ability to operate in a highly competitive market,” said Olymel 1st Vice-President Paul Beauchamp.
The new six-year collective agreement will expire in March 2027. The worker strike began on April 28, lasting nearly five months. According to a press release from Olymel, management has already taken steps to reopen the slaughterhouse by Sept. 3.
However, before bringing all of the workers back into the building, they need to first ensure all of the machinery is in working order, sanitize the entire facility, and allow workers to form groups for day and evening shifts. The employee recall is currently underway.