Sobeys Brings Back Heroes’ Pay for Workers in Manitoba, Toronto and Peel as COVID Cases Rise

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STELLARTON, NS – Sobeys says it is reinstating wage premiums for staff in places where the COVID-19 lockdown is in effect.

Parent company Empire Company Limited has said it has reinstated so-called heroes’ pay in Manitoba, Toronto and Peel Region in Ontario as the rise in virus cases in those areas has resulted in the closure of non-essential businesses.

Each week, eligible employees will receive an additional $ 10 to $ 100, depending on the number of hours they work and the length of government lockdowns.

Empire says it currently plans to spend $ 5 million per quarter on the program, but that could change if new lockdowns are introduced.

The company offered extra money to workers at the start of the pandemic, but when COVID-19 cases began to decline and lockdowns were lifted, it was shut down.

Managing Director Michael Medline has vowed that if regions enter lockdowns similar to those encountered in March and April, he would bring back a way to reward staff for their hard work.

“Our teammates continue to work tirelessly to keep our stores safe and feed our communities. The launch of the lockdown bonus, in the face of new government-imposed lockdowns, was just the right thing to do, ”he said in an email to The Canadian Press.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the efforts of our teammates to keep stores open, shelves stocked, and Canadian families fed have been nothing short of heroic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 27, 2020.

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