TORONTO — Workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have voted in favour of striking if necessary as the union and the Crown retailer head to the bargaining table on Tuesday.

About 6,000 workers, who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, have been without a contract since the end of March.

More than 3,600 people cast ballots in the three day strike vote, with 93 per cent voting in favour of taking strike action if contract talks fail.


Randy Robinson, a union spokesman, says he expects the possibility of a strike won’t arise for several weeks because negotiations are ongoing.

The union says the main issue is a declining number of full-time positions in favour of lowering paying part-time and contract work with little job security.

Liquor store employees joined the public service union in 2005.