08/28/2012 10:48 EDT | Updated 10/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Hundreds Of Lilydale Foods Workers At Edmonton Turkey Processing Plant Hit Picket Lines

Source: Lilydale Foods

EDMONTON - About 200 workers are on strike at a Lilydale Foods Inc., turkey processing plant in Edmonton.

The strikers set up a picket line Monday outside the facility after contract talks broke down last week.

John Ventura, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers, says the employees want wage parity with their counterparts at other company plants and a guaranteed 36-hour work week.

Ventura says Edmonton employees are handling heavier birds and getting $1.28 an hour less on average.

He also says the company's offer of 40 cents more per hour in each year of a three-year agreement was turned down by the union members.

The company has said the wage offer is fair and reasonable. (CHED)