Smith says liquor store staff were one of the first to be declared indispensable and has since taken care of Christmas sales at BC Liquor stores. A plan to offer workers at B.C. Pralinen`s public liquor stores boxes of chocolates is not well received by their union. “Any other important front-line worker receives essentially a lump sum of 16 weeks in terms of wages. We know there are private liquor stores that offer payroll costs to their employees,” said Stephanie Smith, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU). The LDB responded late Thursday to a global news commentary by saying the chocolates were part of Civic Worker Appreciation Week. Since then, liquor stores have implemented a large number of security protocols, including limiting the number of customers in store and plexiglass panels for cashiers. The tender was launched on Tuesday, about two weeks after the province announced a pandemic salary bonus of $4 per hour for frontline health, social services and remedial employees. It is said that the Crown Corporation does something small every year to thank its employees. “There were panic buying, no security measures were taken.” Each box would have four pieces of chocolate, including two caramels and a chocolate filled with truffle or cream and a thank you card. “These members receive a box of chocolates. Wouldn`t you be a little offended? “To be honest, they weren`t always treated very well,” she said.
READ MORE: B.C. Frontline health professionals receive a pandemic salary supplement The bonus is paid in the form of a retroactive lump sum for a period of 16 weeks, which is on average about 2,200 $US. It said the volume has stuffed the state`s coffers, while its members are more at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. But the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) says the situation is a misunderstanding. The LDB has launched a tender for a supplier to produce 4,400 cases of sweets. . . .