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Drummondville Siemens factory workers approve new contract

This transaction is expected to result in a significant salary increase and a seventh week of vacation.

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La Presse Canadienne

Lia Lévesque

FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Siemens AG is seen in Munich, Germany, December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File Photo ORG XMIT: FW1
File Photo: Siemens AG is headquartered in Munich, Germany. December 18, 2019. REUTERS / MichaelDalder / File Photo ORG XMIT: FW1 Photo by Michael Dalder /REUTERS

Approximately 200 workers at the factory voted 83% in favor of a new contract offer that would give them a significant salary increase and a seventh week of vacation.

Unifor members increased by $ 2.10 per hour in the first year, another $ 1.40 in the second year, and $ 1 in the third year. 8.7%, equivalent to an increase per 5.1. Cent and 3.8% respectively.

Under the new contract, workers will take a 5th week after 15 years of seniority, a 6th week after 25 years, and a 7th week after 35 years of service.

Unifor National Representative Hugues Perreault said Monday that 83% of approvals "speak themselves" about how satisfied they are. The workers voted for the strike mission, but did not leave.

Perot said the labor shortage in Drammondville had an impact on the situation. Other employers in the area have also raised their salaries to retain and attract workers.

Siemens' Drammondville plant manufactures electrical panels for the residential and industrial sectors.

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