Health stage protests, blocking access to SAQ distribution centers in Montreal, Quebec City – Montreal

A pair of government-run alcohol distribution centers in Quebec City and Montreal were completely closed on Friday morning. medical staff organize protests outside.

An estimated 300 ambulance drivers and paramedics blocked all entry and exit points at both distribution centers.

They used haystacks and ambulances to block the main gates. No freight vehicles from the main distribution points can enter or exit.

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The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the labor union representing employees, said the protest targeted the Société des alcoholols du Québec (SAQ) because it was intended to cause “economic disturbance”.

According to CSN, paramedics have not had a contract for the past two years.

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“We need to be seen because we’ve been two years without a contract and nothing has happened,” Christine Paquin, a spokeswoman for medical staff, told Global News.

“It’s time to share this revenue fairly.”

According to the union, the goal is to get back to the negotiating table to find an agreement. Working conditions and schedules are the main sticking points.

“We have been working to overcome the pandemic. There are many over time. We’re on calls 24/7 every day,” said Paquin. “It’s time for our conditions to change.”

In a statement, SAQ said the protests had disrupted its services but said it believed the effects on its operations “will be minor”.

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The Liquor Board said: “We are in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of our employees and property. “We hope the situation will resolve quickly.”

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