Grocery chain introduces 2-hour shifts

Workers can't survive on $17 a day, says labour advocate
||Last Updated: 02/15/2008

Despite a labour shortage in British Columbia, one of the province's largest grocery chains wants some of its unionized staff to work only two hours a day.

The Overwaitea Food Group brought up the two-hour shift in collective bargaining with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), which presents 8,500 of the chain's workers.

A four hour shift allows a worker to pay for the expenses of working, such as transportation and daycare, with a little money left over, said B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.