LCBO workers vote in favour of strike action

LCBO workers have voted in favour of strike action.

93% voted "yes" in a strike vote over the last two days.

It doesn't mean job action is imminent though.

The two sides are still talking and OPSEU President Smokey Thomas said on Monday that they're keen to come to a negotiated agreement, rather than force a strike or a lockout. 

The main issue is what OPSEU calls privatization, but what the government says is the sale of beer, wine and cider at grocery stores in the province. 

Thomas says the issue is about lost revenue for the province. 

"It's not really a job killer, but what it does is take money out of the public coffers and puts it in private hands." 

He says profits from the LCBO is used to pay for things like roads and schools across the province. 

And Thomas adds, that makes any sort of privatization a lose-lose situation for both sides.

There's also health and safety issues and scheduling, which are sticking points in the negotiations. 

Workers have been without a collective agreement since March 31.
 

With files from Dave Bradley