Canadian supermarket operator Loblaw has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, the union representing worker's at Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstore and Fortinos stores in Ontario. The union backed agreement may avert a strike in the province.

"After weeks of difficult and complex negotiations and round-the-clock bargaining UFCW Canada and Loblaws Companies Limited have been able to reach a tentative agreement," Wayne Hanley, national director UFCW Canada and two local leaders - Kevin Corporon and Scott Penner - said in a joint statement.

"This is a good collective agreement for our members reflecting all the dynamics that have been involved in these negotiations," the labour leaders said. "We will not be discussing the details of the tentative agreements until our UFCW Canada members at Loblaws, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstore and Fortinos locations across Ontario have an opportunity to review those agreements and vote on them."

Loblaw workers last week overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action if an acceptable agreement is not put forward.