Sobeys (IGA) has reintroduced the wage premium for its workers in Quebec. Metro will offer gift cards to its employees. For its part, Loblaw says it is “monitoring the situation closely”, but no new bonus has yet been offered.
In recent weeks, several companies have decided to offer financial benefits to their employees to thank them for being at the front as the province is once again plunged into lockdown.
At Sobeys, depending on the number of hours worked, the additional amount paid to employees varies from “$ 10 to $ 100 more per week.”
The Metro chain has chosen to reward its workers with gift cards. They should receive $ 75, $ 150 or $ 300 in February. The money will have to be spent in one of the group’s banners.
Walmart Canada also paid a special bonus of $ 250 to its full-time workers and $ 150 to its part-time workers across the country.
For several weeks, the United Food and Commercial Workers union (TUAC) has been lobbying for the return of premiums to supermarkets. Last spring, several companies temporarily offered an additional $ 2 per hour bonus.
The union even recently sent letters to the food giants asking them to support their essential workers.
“It is certain that the profits are there for these chains”, advance in Newspaper the spokesperson, Roxane Larouche. “Due to the confinement, the food offer is oriented more towards grocery stores,” she adds.
The latter deplores the fact that Loblaw, owner of the Maxi and Provigo brands in particular, has still not responded positively to the UFCW’s request, which has more than 55,000 members in Quebec.
Discounts for workers
For its part, the company assures the Newspaper have rewarded their employees in different ways over the past few months. For the COVID-19 premium, it confirms that it has not been reintroduced, however.
“We doubled the discount to colleagues for a few days in anticipation of the holiday season,” gave the example of the senior director of corporate affairs and communications, Johanne Héroux. “Our priority remains the safety of our colleagues and clients,” she says.
Thursday, the canadian press wrote that Olymel was also shutting down the idea of offering a bonus for his workers again.