A tentative collective agreement had been negotiated between Labatt and the union and presented the brewery’s 130 unionized workers earlier this week. After reviewing the contract, which included a 6.5% wage increase over seven years, the workers rejected the deal on Friday, as they had a previous offer from the company the weekend before.
Following the rejection, Labatt/Oland informed Nova Scotia Labour Minister Marilyn More on Friday afternoon that they intend to lock out the workers within 48 hours.
Oland spokesman Wade Keller told the CBC that despite the impending lockout, the company is still hopeful that an agreement can be reached, and that the company would like to “assure our consumers and customers in the Maritime provinces that there is no danger to the supply of beer.”
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