July 10, 2020 / 7:34 PM / a month ago

Canada's biggest grocers defend decisions to end premium COVID-19 pay for workers

TORONTO, July 10 (Reuters) - Canada's biggest grocery chains on Friday defended the mid-June end of premium wages for workers, saying the extra pay was temporary and that, despite some courtesy communication among them, the decisions to terminate them had been made independently.

Executives from Loblaw Companies, Empire Cos and Metro Inc, in testimony before a parliamentary committee, said that the additional pay was introduced when lockdowns began and ended when they began to ease. (Reporting By Nichola Saminather; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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