Some Grocery Stores Bring Back ‘Hero Salary’ Pay Hikes As Provinces Struggle With COVID-19

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Some Grocery Stores Bring Back 'Hero Salary' Pay Hikes As Provinces Struggle With COVID-19


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Grocery chains Longo’s and Empire Co., which owns Sobeys, Foodland and FreshCo, say they will bring back a temporary pay rise for its frontline workers as provinces begin to face increased restrictions against COVID -19 and the daily number of cases.

Ontario-based Longo’s first announced on Thursday a $ 2 per hour increase for permanent employees, which will be in effect until the end of the province’s home support order.

Empire Co. has confirmed to Global News its decision to temporarily reintroduce its “Lockdown Bonus” program for its frontline workers in Ontario and parts of Quebec.

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“Once again, families in Ontario and parts of Quebec will now rely primarily on grocers and pharmacies for their food, essentials and medication needs,” read a statement sent Friday.

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“We are proud to continue to serve our communities in these areas during this difficult time.”

The decision to adopt such a “hero’s salary” for frontline and essential workers follows an increase in the number of daily cases in these two provinces, along with new stay-at-home orders and curfews.

Major grocery chains across Canada, including Loblaw Companies, Metro and Empire Co., previously gave their staff temporary pay increases at the start of the pandemic.

However, all three companies came under fire after their withdrawal from the program, with a House of Commons committee summoning the grocery giants to testify as to why they canceled the premium payment.

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Global News did not immediately receive a response to a request for comment from Longo’s, as well as the Loblaw and Metro companies.


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