A union representing thousands of food-store employees was meeting with management Wednesday afternoon to figure out how those workers will be able to travel legally as Legault government announced a curfew as part of its lockdown strategy.
The curfew begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. That would leave many employees in supermarkets and distribution centers in a very uncertain position, since a large number of them are employed after 8 p.m. to restock shelves or disinfect stores and other installations.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is in talks with employers, according to a union spokesperson. They want their members to have letters attesting to the essential nature of their work that could be shown to police if they are stopped after curfew.
The UFCW represents 35,000 workers in grocery stores, distribution centres and retail outlets. About 20,000 of them are employed at Metro and Provigo outlets.
Source: Montreal Gazette