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MONTREAL — Croupiers at the Casino de Montreal went on a surprise four-hour strike late Saturday afternoon as a sign of solidarity amid stalled negotiations

At the stroke of 4 p.m., croupiers put their cards on the table and crossed the door to demonstrate in front of the casino on Île Notre-Dame, denouncing the stalemate in discussions around their contract.

The collective bargaining agreement, which applies to 521 croupiers, expired on March 31, with wages and hours among the issues at stake.

The strike was expected to continue until 8 p.m. Saturday night, although Loto-Quebec, which runs the province’s casinos, says gaming tables remain open except for the poker room, which has temporarily closed.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees said negotiations stalled over the weekend.

Loto-Québec says it hopes to continue discussions with the union along the same lines as those accepted by the employee groups of its other casinos.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 14, 2022.

The Canadian Press