Have you ever been running around on Labour Day getting the final few things for the last barbecue of the summer, and had to go store to store because they were all closed?
Fueled by the court’s latest decision to allow Longos to remain open for Labour Day, the largest private sector union in Canada, Unifor, will be seeking to fight the decision on behalf of all of the employees working for retailers across the country. This is the latest step from retailers hoping to remove statutory holidays from their schedule. Unifor is worried that the decision will only make things worse for its union members, as the job already comes with low pay, long hours, and other such tribulations. In the decision, Longos was ruled a business that sells “prepared food” and was therefore exempt from the requirement to close. It is a troubling result for the employees of food retailers as this may mean that other food stores may seek the same outcome.
In total, there are only 9 statutory holidays that the stores have to be closed on, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Family Day.
Do you think it is fare to ask food retailer employees to work on these days, or do they deserve the day off too?
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