Sobeys brings back lockdown bonus pay for its frontline employees

Apr 13 2021, 9:36 am

Canadian grocer Sobeys will be increasing its employee wages once again in Ontario and Quebec following government lockdowns due to the pandemic.

In an email to Daily Hive, Sobeys confirmed they will be re-introducing their temporary Lockdown Bonus program for their frontline and distribution centre teammates in both provinces.

“When regions and cities enter government-mandated lockdowns that close all non-essential retail, we continue to live up to our commitments and implement our Lockdown Bonus,” said a Sobeys representative in the email.

“We are proud to continue serving our communities in these areas during this difficult time. Fundamentally, we believe this is the right thing to do.”

According to the grocer, the Lockdown Bonus is a “recognition-based temporary program” that will reward employees for the amount of time they work during the lockdown.

“The more a teammate works during the government mandated lockdown, the more they earn, ranging from $10 to $100 more a week. For example, under our Lockdown Bonus program, if a teammate works a 40 hour week, they will earn a $100 bonus that week,” said Sobeys.

Other grocers have made similar moves during this time, including Longo’s. The family-owned grocer’s CEO Anthony Longo announced that they will reinstate a $2 pay increase and other benefits for frontline team members starting April 8.

“Longo’s will offer all permanent frontline hourly Team Members an additional $2 per hour. This includes Team Members who work in the Stores, Distribution Centre, Grocery Gateway, Central Kitchen and Market Café,” said Longo.

The bonus will remain in effect until the expected end date of the shutdown orders.

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