Workers at New Brunswick liquor agency vote to strike Nov. 16 if deal not reached

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FREDERICTON — Unionized liquor store workers in New Brunswick have voted 97.7 per cent in favour of strike action.

They say unless a collective agreement is reached, the 566 members of CUPE local 963 will hit the picket lines one week from today.

The main issue is wages.

Union local president Jamie Andrew says the union had a tentative agreement with management of the Crown-owned NB Liquor a year ago, but Premier Blaine Higgs blocked it.

They say Higgs took the action because the deal did not fit with his plans to freeze public sector wages.

The union members work at 41 publicly owned and run retail outlets and warehouses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

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