Maxi employees demand the return of the COVID bonus



The Maxi store chain has stopped offering the COVID bonus in recent months according to the union that represents its employees.


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The Maxi store chain has stopped offering the COVID bonus in recent months according to the union that represents its employees.

The union of employees of Maxi grocery stores in Val-des-Sources and Lac-Mégantic, affiliated with the CSD, is pushing for the return of the COVID premium.

These premiums of $ 2 an hour were abolished a few months ago by the employer.

The regional coordinator of the Eastern Townships for the Central of Democratic Unions, Bernard Cournoyer, recalls that grocery store workers are at risk due to high traffic.

«I find that absurd because these are all predominantly female jobs. These are not jobs that pay much higher than the minimum wage and it is all the time these people who have to fight for recognition for the work they are doing in the pandemic.», Affirms the union representative.

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Bernard Cournoyer believes that Maxi could do more to support its employees during this difficult period, especially since grocery stores were among the businesses that suffered the least from the pandemic.

Loblaws’ financial results show that its Discount division, of which Maxi is a part, grew 4.7% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to the same period the previous year.

Bernard Cournoyer points out, moreover, that other banners in this sector have chosen to maintain these bonuses for their employees.

Asked to respond, the employer did not want to provide comments so as not to “interfere with the negotiation process currently underway for the renewal of the collective agreement for a number of stores across the province.»

With information from Thomas Deshaies

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