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Court restricts union pickets at Metro warehouses, grocer says deliveries to resume

Order restricts picketers from unlawfully blocking or delaying access to multiple Metro distribution centres and corporate offices
8/29/2023

Metro has been granted a temporary injunction to restrict pickets by striking workers at distribution warehouses in Toronto.

Deliveries will resume and stores will be resupplied as soon as possible, the Montreal-based grocer said in a statement.

"Metro remains committed to the bargaining process and wants to present its offer; it urges the union to go back to the table to resolve this matter,'' said spokeswoman Marie-Claude Bacon.

Metro announced it was seeking an injunction against Unifor and the workers last week after days of picketing at its distribution warehouses prevented deliveries of fresh products to its stores province-wide.

More than 3,700 workers at 27 Metro stores in the Greater Toronto Area have been on strike since July 29 after rejecting their first tentative agreement.

The order, effective immediately, restricts picketers from unlawfully blocking or delaying access to multiple Metro distribution centres and corporate offices, but allows them to delay delivery vehicles for up to five minutes.

It expires at midnight on Friday, Sept. 1. The restricted locations also include a Food Basics store located at the grocer's corporate offices on Dundas St. W.

The workers will continue to picket lawfully as permitted by the order, said Unifor national president Lana Payne in a statement.

Unifor has said it's waiting for a better wage offer from Metro before it returns to the table.

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