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Workers at Metro distribution centre reject tentative deal, go on strike: Union

Workers have been without a contract since October.
Metro Ontario inc. office in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada. Metro Inc. is a Canadian food retailer operating in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

Unifor says more than 900 full-time workers at Metro Inc.'s Toronto-area distribution centre are on strike after voting to reject a tentative agreement with the grocer.

The union says the workers - without a contract since October - voted to reject the proposed deal on Saturday.

Chris MacDonald, Unifor assistant to the national president, says members have the final say on whether to accept a tentative agreement and opted to turn down the offer.

He says the bargaining committee is ready to resume negotiations in the hopes of bringing the strike to a speedy end.

The Etobicoke distribution centre supplies Metro and Food Basics grocery stores across southern Ontario.

Meanwhile, 190 workers at a Sobeys distribution centre in Quebec went on strike in February after negotiations between the company and the union broke down.

In January, workers at a Sobeys warehouse in Ontario ratified a four-year contract that included a full-time pay increase of 19.5 per cent over four years, Unifor said.

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