Quebec-based Olymel has announced support measures for its facilities to promote the well-being of its employees while continuing to supply food to citizens affected by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
As of March 23 and until further notice, Olymel is paying a fixed bonus of $2 an hour to all hourly employees working in its processing plants regardless of whether they have a collective agreement, in both the pork and poultry sectors.
All administrative-support service employees whose physical presence is not essential have also been directed to work from home.
“We are committed to our regions and communities,” said Réjean Nadeau, president and CEO of Olymel. “Our company intends to efficiently meet the food needs of the population and appreciates the agri-food production and processing sectors being designated as essential manufacturing activities by governments, particularly in Quebec. Like the population and the governments, we recognize the essential nature of the work our employees are doing. Despite the difficult circumstances, they are working hard to produce safe and healthy food that the population needs.”
These moves are the latest in a series of measures introduced by Olymel in response to the COVID-19 situation.