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What’s behind the labour strife in Quebec’s meat packing plants

One million chickens euthanized and thousands of pigs facing same fate, producers say.


July 15, 2021
By CBC News

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When a poultry plant near Quebec City announced last month it had euthanized one million chickens because of an ongoing strike, it prompted indignation from the public and politicians alike.

Within days, the workers and the employer, Exceldor, came to an agreement, but only 66 per cent of those workers voted in favour.

Now, pork producers say if another strike in Quebec’s meat industry lasts any longer, thousands more animals may have to be put down. The chickens were sent to a rendering plant to make animal feed.

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