Wednesday, April 10, 2013

LCBO Strike

Did you know Canada..  possible BAD news for Ontarians, LCBO workers are looking to strike!  In fact, 95% voted in favour of a strike.   The key issues are said to be increasing part-time wages and upgrades to health and safety standards.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is accountable to the Ministry of Finance in Ontario and regulates alcohol sales in the province.  It's also one of the world's largest single purchasers of beverage alcohol products!

Now they aren't actually going on strike yet, this vote was only if the talks break down.  The contract ended March 31st but talks are still scheduled into May (can anyone say May Two-Four! Oh no!)

The possibility of the strike is also bringing the LCBO's monopoly on liquor sales to the fore front.  The LCBO is able to dictate which products are available for sale in the province.  You'll know of course that local microbreweries, wineries and distilleries sell to the public through their store front location, but  to expand across the province they would have to guarantee minimum volume which leaves most out of luck.

How do you feel about the LCBO's control on available liquor products?


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