Loto-Quebec Reveals New Collective Agreement Details

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After months of haggling, Loto-Quebec and its employees reached a concord over a new collective agreement.

The longstanding fallout between Loto-Quebec and its professional staff has finally been resolved this week, with both parties agreeing on the terms of a new collective agreement. The employees ratified the proposal on 20 September, which will be valid for the next six years. As a result, employees must only be in the office for four days each month.

The Crown corporation’s 455 professional workers are represented by the Syndicat des professionnels du gouvernement du Québec. The employees already turned down one agreement between the union and the employer at the end of August, which led to a general strike that affected operations. Since then, none of the employees have returned to their positions.

New Collective Agreement

96% of the workforce approved the new working arrangement, effective until 31 December 2027. The agreement grants a salary increase of two percent per year for the duration of the contract, as well as bonuses and lump sums. This includes a one percent lump sum for 2022, a 2.5 percent lump to be paid upon signing the contract, and a 6.5 percent lump sum for 2022.

Additionally, there are retention bonuses of one percent per year, which will be paid in 2024, and 2025. Finally, there will be a ten percent bonus for the 35 top performing employees. The new contract also states that the working week will increase to 37.5 hours from the previous 35 hours. The union and the employer have voiced their satisfaction with the updated compact.

Following the final agreement on a new collective deal, Loto-Quebec reported that draws for Lotto 6/49 have now restarted. Due to the general strike, the Crown corporation had to delay the launch of the improved game version. Ticket sales for the new game resumed on 21 September, and despite the new rules, tickets remain at CA$3 per entry.

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