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.
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.