The Bay agrees to increase wages for distribution centre associates
The Bay said on Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the union representing its distribution centre associates in Scarborough.
The warehouse in question processes online orders from across Canada for The Bay where workers had worked without a contract through the pandemic. They were now seeking a retroactive increase.
The agreement is said to be in line with current increases in the sector and benefits The Bay by providing further cost certainty over the next three years.
“We are pleased with the outcome, which benefits The Bay and provides our associates with a fair, reasonable and meaningful wage increase,” said Iain Nairn, president and CEO of The Bay.
“It is unfortunate that we ended up in unnecessary strike action, which did not lead to any further financial benefit for associates. Ultimately, we are happy we were able to come to a swift resolution and we are looking forward to our associates returning to their paid employment quickly.”
The HBC Logistics workers launched strike action on June 22 when the issue was brought to light. The strike effected more than 330 e-commerce workers at the Hudson’s Bay warehouse in Toronto.
The Bay was spun off from Hudson’s Bay as a separate business last year, and now operates thebay.com including Marketplace, which features over 500 sellers and various product categories.
Meanwhile, the Hudson’s Bay operates its full-line locations, including a network of 85 Hudson's Bay stores.
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