VersaCold hiking employee wages during COVID-19 crisis
April 1, 2020 – VersaCold is suppporting its front-line employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
The company has announced that all front-line employees will receive a temporary wage increase.
Warehouse staff are receiving an additional $2 per hour for all hours worked during the pay period and truck drivers are receiving an additional $100 a week, if they work a minimum of 40 hours in the week.
VersaCold will also continue to support the safety of front-line employees by practicing physical distancing and enhanced handwashing measures, among other actions.
The company said in a statement that VersaCold provides an essential service, ensuring the safety, quality and freshness of the food families eat.
“As the world faces the challenges presented by COVID-19, that purpose has more relevancy than ever before.”
The company said it has sought to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 by ensuring that, where possible, employees work from home. But for front-line workers – those who move fresh produce to Canada, manage inventory in warehouses or deliver food to depleted grocery stores – working from home is not an option.
“We are proud of our front-line workers’ willingness to ensure Canadians have access to food,” the company stated.
The special compensation program will remain in place until VersaCold decides to discontinue the program.
VersaCold is Canada’s largest temperature-sensitive, food-focused integrated supply chain company. The company offers warehouse facilities from coast-to-coast, transportation services across North America, and supply chain solutions across the globe.