RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – Picket lines will be set up at the IKEA in Richmond on Monday.

Employees have been given lockout notices after they rejected concession demands in a proposed collective agreement.

The agreement also included a proposed return to a tiered wage system.

“We have been negotiating with the company for some time now,” says Anita Dawson, Business Representative with Teamsters Local 213 which represents the 350 workers at IKEA.  “ We have put two company offers to a vote and our members rejected them both times.”

Members have also voted in favour of giving the union a strike mandate, which they say will make their position stronger at the bargaining table.

“The company has showed little interest in dealing with our issues at the bargaining table,” says Dawson. “They seem intent on following their agenda which involve cutbacks. Our members are not interested in going backwards.”

There are no scheduled talks between IKEA and the union.