Just a few weeks ago, SAQ employees across Quebec were planning a 6-day strike that would begin on St. Jean Baptiste Day. Although the strike was delayed and later called off, the tension between workers and the union are still pretty high.
The over 5,000 SAQ employees in the province upset with the halt on contract negotiations are demanding a six day strike until their needs are met, and they don't seem to be giving up anytime soon. Because there is also delay and hesitation on this as well, the workers have taken matters into their own hands - by confusing and frustrating customers.
In a borderline-jokester attempt to upset the system and pressure productive conversation between workers and the union, SAQ employees are making their own personal changes to the province-wide liquor stores. At one downtown Montreal shop, workers have turned all of the wine and liquor bottles in the store backwards, prompting customers to have to grab each bottle and turn it back around in order to read the label.
That may sound like nothing other than irritating, but if you're prone to clumsiness it's actually quite difficult to grab a wine bottle wedged snuggly between two others without risking the whole shelf-full falling off the rack and causing a massive catastrophe.
To add to the unique tactics employees are using, one store in the Saguenay region of Quebec has turned all price tags upside-down. So you either have to be pretty good at reading upside-down, take the time to put each tag back right-side up, or twist your head to be able to read the prices.
For the rest of the week SAQ employees will be negotiating with the union, and we should know by next Monday whether or not there will be a province-wide strike. Just to be safe you may want to stock up on booze now.
Let's just hope the SAQ employees needs are met soon, because who knows if we'll be able to handle any more of these tactics.