According to media reports, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union accused the supermarket of having no intention of reaching an agreement with workers, as the Quebec Labour Relations Board confirmed union certification for store staff. Wal-Mart announced the closure last week, saying the shop was unviable.
Wal-Mart dismissed any allegations that it started collective bargaining negotiations with union representatives at the store while secretly planning to close the shop.
Separately, Wal-Mart-owned Asda in the UK has come under fire for trying to undermine collective bargaining at a depot in the north of England. Workers at the grocer's ambient goods depot at Washington, Tyne & Wear have accused the retailer of offering them a pay and conditions package on the condition that they relinquish the right to collective bargaining.