Saskatoon

Saskatoon Co-op strike over as workers vote in favour of new deal

A five-and-a-half month strike at Saskatoon Co-op locations is finally over.

54% of voters voted in favour of two-tier wage deal

A strike at Saskatoon Co-op locations is over as union members voted in favour of a two-tier wage proposal. (Don Somers/CBC)

A five-and-a-half month strike at Saskatoon Co-op locations is finally over.

On Tuesday night, 54 per cent of voters voted in favour of the tentative agreement, which preserves the Saskatoon Co-op's desire for a two-tier wage deal.

"At the end of the day, we came to an agreement that allows our Co-op to stay competitive while providing good jobs in our community," said Saskatoon Co-op CEO Grant Wicks in a news release.

Under the new system, newly hired workers will make less money than current employees. Co-op argued the system was necessary for the long-term viability of the company.

The new deal includes two per cent wage increases for the duration of the seven-year agreement and a provision that the gap in the two wage scales be decreased during years where the Co-op is doing well financially.

A tentative agreement was reached with help from a mediator on Sunday.

The Saskatoon Co-op said it would be posting updates on its website as things return to normal.