Loblaw warns minimum wage hike will mean cost cuts

Not to worry, lots of “Sustainable Green Jobs” are on the way. Right, you ignorant lying Bitch?

TORONTO – Loblaw has added its voice to the companies who suggest that minimum wage increases may wind up hurting, rather than helping, some workers.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. said Wednesday that changes to the minimum wage in Ontario and Alberta will increase their labour expenses by $190 million in 2018.

How to make up that loss?

Loblaw chairman and CEO Galen G. Weston said the company would move to save money by, “increasingly digitizing manual invoice jobs and rolling out more self-checkouts at its Shoppers Drug Mart locations.”

In other words, via technology — and savings achieved through technology usually involves job cuts.

  • Shebel

    Kathleen knows how to solve the problem of disgruntled Business.

    You give them a Generous SUBSIDY.

    • Ed

      Or think of all those laid off workers need of another government program and reliable votes!

      • Shebel

        Could go back to making pogie available 48 weeks of the year.

  • Bataviawillem

    If you want higher wages cut the taxes, which will boost the economy, create demand for workers and wages will go up.

    • Shebel


      • Bataviawillem

        Can you explain why it is nonsense.

      • reidjr

        This summer I have paid $2000 in Hst.

        • Bataviawillem

          That does not leave a lot to pay somebody to cut the lawn.

  • ontario john

    Maybe laid off workers can work at that coal plant Wynne bought.

  • Shebel

    Hey Justin—- Business can handle them selves.
    The Budget— not so Much
    When confronted with an Idiot.

  • Agincourt

    self checkouts only last in white areas

    • Bataviawillem

      We don’t see this in Canada but there are not many grocery stores in the US in black areas because they can’t make a profit and fire insurance is to high.
      Lots of nail salons but no grocery stores.

  • WalterBannon

    Laid off workers can get work at the gallows hanging Wynne and other crooked liberals.

  • SDMatt

    As an NDP “economist”/Liberal vote whore I say let’s stop fooling around – make the minimum wage $1,000,000 per hour and be done with poverty.

    • Shebel

      Makes sense to somebody or other. )))

    • Bataviawillem

      Brilliant, everybody as rich as Jeff Bezos.

  • Because the very idiots who want this are too stupid to learn from it, I suspect that they will vote for Wynne again.

    • Waffle

      The objective is to put everyone on plastic — credit card and or Interac — so they can track every last cent you spend. Forget you ‘carbon footprint” — your digital footprint is where the government’s money is.

      Anecdotally, I’ve stated to notice that some small businesses in my area charge much less if one pays cash.

      • H

        I was told by a small specialty food store which I frequent that I was a preferred customer – because I always use cash. She said that they have to pay a fee (to the bank, I assume) every time someone uses interac or a credit card, and this expense adds up over time, clearly.

      • Bingo.

  • Ho Hum

    I’m pretty sure Loblaws is already using as much automation to replace labor. At Maple Leaf Gardens they replaced about half the check outs with self-serve. I don’t see much of a savings because they have to have workers standing over the self-serve kiosks.