Nfld. & Labrador

Dominion strike results in temporary closure of 5 NLC stores

Five liquor stores are closed until further notice as a result of the Dominion workers' labour strike. 

Corporation says it will 'continue to monitor the situation'

Striking Dominion workers prevent a transport truck from entering the parking lot at the Dominion store by Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's on Monday. (Curtis Hicks/CBC)

Five liquor stores are closed until further notice as a result of the Dominion workers' labour strike, according to a statement by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation on Monday. 

The five stores affected — those attached to Dominion grocery stores — include Murphy Square in Corner Brook, Pearlgate Plaza in Mount Pearl and three in St. John's: Lake Avenue, Blackmarsh Road and Stavanger Drive.

"[The] NLC will continue to monitor the situation and will make further operational changes as required," the statement reads.

Licensed cannabis retailers (C-Shops) at Dominion stores are also closed.

Dominion employees voted to strike in June, calling for more full-time jobs after 60 were cut in 2019 leaving its workforce at more than 80 per cent part-time employees. Parent company Loblaw Companies Limited also ended its $2-an-hour pandemic wage increase. Workers have been without a new contract since October. 

Debbie Bruce, left, and Lesley Taylor are on strike in Corner Brook. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

On Monday morning Dominion workers on the picket line at the Lake Avenue location prevented a transport truck from entering the parking lot.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were on the scene. The truck eventually drove away, prompting a mild celebration from picketing workers. 

Unifor, the union representing Dominion workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, has said it will not prevent people who need Dominion pharmacies from entering the premises.

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With files from The St. John's Morning Show


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