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Canada: Wal-Mart has union contract imposed

Date: 17 Aug 2008

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A Wal-Mart store has had a labour contract imposed upon it, making it the first time for any such deal involving the company in North America.

The agreement stands between Wal-Mart and the local United Food and Commercial Workers Canada union. The company said that it would take time to study the judgement in detail, but that it had the potential to significantly affect the company's business model based on the lowest possible prices.

According to the union, the deal would immediately raise workers salaries at the store by just over two Canadian dollars an hour to 11.54.

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