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Empire Company to end pandemic pay

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Empire Company plans to end bonus pay for its employees. The decision follows the day after Loblaw Companies and Metro Inc. said they would end their temporary wage premiums  the weekend of June 13.

“As provinces execute their reopening plans and customer behaviour shifts, we felt that this was a natural time to end our Hero Pay program,” said Michael Medline, president and CEO of Empire Company Limited, in a memo to staff stores and distribution centres.

Unifor, which represents some employees at stores under the Empire, Loblaw and Metro banners, said it is working to make wage premiums “fair” permanent pay after the pandemic.

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