Canada Bread workers Darren Warner and Larry Pitchard picket the Canada Bread plant in Langley. File photo

Negotiations to resume in lockout at Canada Bread in Langley

Union workers have been off the job more than a month

Both sides in the Canada Bread lockout in Langley are returning to the bargaining table, a company news release said.

“We are encouraged that the Union has invited Canada Bread back to the negotiating table next Tuesday” the company said.

“We are hopeful that the meetings next week will provide an opportunity to bring this labour dispute to a conclusion and that we can get all of our associates back to work.”

In April, the Canada Bread Company locked out 160 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) who work in their Langley facility.

The union set up a picket line in front of the industrial bakery located in the 20400 block of the Langley Bypass.

The BCTGM said the new owners of Canada Bread, Mexico-based Grupo Bimbo, Canada Bread has been pushing hard to reduce benefits.

The Langley bakery employs 200, 160 of whom are in the bargaining unit represented by BCTGM.

Canada Bread employs 4,200 at 18 locations across the country.

It bakes brand-name products like Dempster’s, Villaggio, POM, Bon Matin, Ben’s, McGavins and Vachon.

The company also announced it has reached a settlement with workers at its Laval distribution centre.