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Unifor Canada hosts virtual rally for grocery store workers

President Jerry Dias says grocery store workers should continue to receive pandemic pay
UNIFOR Virtual rally
A screenshot of the virtual rally that took place on Friday. Unifor Canada/Facebook

Unifor Canada members held a virtual rally on Friday to show their support for grocery store workers.

At the rally, Unifor President Jerry Dias told attendees he is glad to see that speaking out has helped the union make a difference.

"So when there was a media backlash from our union speaking on behalf of all the workers, what did Loblaw do? In order to deal with the negative reaction, CEO Sarah Davis penned a letter to all employees saying 'that's misunderstood,' that 'others in the media have really made a big deal out of nothing'."

Dias says he has a message for Sarah Davis, the CEO of Loblaw:

"You've made record profits during the pandemic, and the pandemic is not over. As I sit here today, we have 20 of our members in grocery stores that have tested postive. 18 of our members working in the warehouses have tested positive. So Sarah, I would suggest to you that you tell those 38 families that the pandemic is over."

Dias let rally attendees know that the Minister of Labour, Monte McNaughton, and Premier Doug Ford have told him they've rejected the proposal that would have reduced the number of holidays for retail workers.

"The nine days of staff holidays will be remaining for our members in the retail sector. So that's a huge victory for our members, for our retail workers, and it shows that our union, when we push, can make a difference."

More than 200 people from across Canada joined the virtual rally on Facebook.


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