Canadian Manufacturing

Workers at Crown Royal Manitoba plant vote for strike

Labour action at the facility will likely make Crown Royal’s much lauded Northern Harvest Rye even tougher to find on the shelves

GIMLI, Man.—The workers who produce world famous Crown Royal whisky have voted in favour of a walkout to back their contract demands.

Local 832 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union says its members at Diageo Canada in Gimli, Man., have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action.

The union says a walkout will begin on March 4 at midnight if a deal is not reached before then.

Talks are scheduled to resume on Feb. 16 on behalf of more than 50 workers at the Gimli facility.

Last November, a British-based expert selected Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye as the World Whisky of the Year for 2016.

Jim Murray’s website said it was the first time a Canadian product had won the top prize in his “Whisky Bible.”

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