Hundreds of employees from one of Canada's grocery giants have voted to strike in Manitoba.

Ninety-eight per cent of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union members who voted Sunday night cast a ballot in favour of hitting the picket line.   

They work at Superstore and Extra Foods in seven Manitoba cities.

But before anyone walks off the job, there are still five more days of negotiations between the union and Loblaws, which owns the two grocery chains.

"We've been at the bargaining table since May 9th — 17 days of negotiations — and this vote strike will, we hope, force a serious offer from the company," said Jeff Traeger, local UFCW president.

Loblaws has the money to give employees what they want, he added, referring to the company's recent decision to buy Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 billion.

"Nobody wants to go on strike. The members want a fair offer," Traeger said.

The union represents 3,000 employees.

The current contract expires Sept. 27.