SUDBURY, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - Once again, Loblaw Companies Limited (National Grocers) stoops to a new low. The union has learned that the retail food giant is secretly paying its Sudbury warehouse management staff enhanced severance of three (3) weeks pay for each year of service up to a maximum of $75,000, while the company is only prepared to pay the workers severance based on employment standards - the lowest possible amount allowed by law.
"This definitely confirms our suspicions of Loblaws targeting the average worker and Northern Ontario Workers," stated Derik McArthur, RWDSU President. "This is a direct attack on these workers, their families, and our community. Not only is it unfair, but it's unacceptable!" added McArthur.
The devastating news of the closure of the warehouse was softened by the fact that a fair and equitable severance would be negotiated as in past closures, but instead Loblaws has reneged on their long-standing practice and promise, and these workers are being thrown out of their jobs and not even being offered what Southern Ontario employees are enjoying.
The Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union represents workers across Ontario and is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union representing over 1.3 million members in North America.
SOURCE RETAIL, WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION
For further information: For further information: Mr. Derik J. McArthur, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, 230 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4C5, Ph: (705) 690-6950