Grocery store managers testify before committee after pandemic wage increase canceled

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Loblaws, Metro, and Empire Company executives testify before the House of Commons industry committee today after the three companies canceled a $ 2-hour hourly wage increase. COVID-19 pandemic begins.Loblaws brands include Shoppers Drug Mart, Superstore and No Frills. Metro owns Food Basics, Jean Coutu, Metro and other brands, while Empire owns Sobeys and FreshCo.

Eric La Flèche, President and CEO of Metro Inc., Sarah Davis, President of Loblaws Companies Ltd., and Michael Medline, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Ltd. should all testify.

The committee meeting begins at 2 p.m.

The wage increase was implemented in March, as panic purchases at the start of the blockages left many stores struggling to keep items on the shelves.

The three companies, along with Walmart, canceled the wage hike in early June.

A few days later, the committee voted unanimously to invite the leaders “to explain their decisions to cancel, the same day, the modest increase in wages of front line grocers during the pandemic”.

Disappointed union

The Unifor union represents 20,000 retail workers in Canada, including some at Loblaws and Metro. He said he was disappointed with this decision.

“The fact is that the pandemic has not made these workers essential and has not created inequality in the retail trade. She simply denounced them, “said Unifor President Jerry Dias.

Workers’ groups have long argued that retail workers are not paid enough to start and hope that the recent wage increases will be permanent.

“We have a chance to solve this problem. We cannot let this opportunity pass, ”said Dias.

In a press release, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union is “disappointed” with employers who have chosen to end overtime wages while the pandemic is still active and some provinces still have various measures precaution in place.

“UFCW Canada recognizes that the premium was introduced as part of the COVID-19 response, but the union has also said that the premium should be maintained throughout the pandemic.”

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