Loblaws, Metro to end COVID-19 wage top-up for employees

By Staff

Posted June 12, 2020 8:48 am

Updated June 12, 2020 8:49 am

Two of Canada’s largest grocers are ending wage premiums they have been paying employees due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Metro Inc. have been paying front-line employees an additional $2 per hour since mid-March when the restrictions due to COVID-19 were first put in place.

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In a letter to customers, Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston says that things have now stabilized at the company’s supermarkets and drug stores.

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Both Loblaw and Metro say they will end their temporary wage premiums on Saturday.

The future of grocery shopping in the COVID-19 pandemic
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Loblaw says it will also pay a total of $25 million in one-time bonuses to employees, based on their average hours worked over the last 14 weeks.

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Metro says it will pay an additional one-time bonus of $200 to each of its full-time employees and $100 to each of its part-time workers.

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