PCU: traders complain of side-effects

PCU: des commerçants se plaignent des effets collatéraux

THREE-RIVERS | Delivery canadian emergency (PCU) continues to cause serious headaches for traders. Fault of employee, contractors must reduce their opening hours and the hours become real headache.

“I have only five cooks. I had to close my restaurant on Mondays and Tuesdays,” said the owner of the restaurant Wings Spicy Buffalo, Suzy Giroux.

“Prior to the pandemic, there was already a shortage of manpower, she added. Now, the gap is two times more important. They earn $ 500 to stay at home, they might be $ 100 more working…It’s really difficult.”

Workers who do not return are many. Some ask for reduced hours to supplement their income with PKU. This monthly payment of 2000 $ from the government becomes an income competitive.

“We can’t compete with that,” explained the owner of the Shop, Beautiful night Beautiful day, Annie Hardy.

“Then, every time I do a training to the new employee, she added. What is more, we are a specialist shop. It costs me hundreds of dollars in training. This makes no sense.”

A wave of closure?

The president of the Chamber of commerce and industry of Trois-Rivières, Jean Pellerin, fears a wave of closures of shops. The majority of their members saw the impact of the PCU.

“According to a survey, it is one in five in Québec will not be able to survive more than six months in the current context, noted Mr. Pellerin. Then, these data were estimated without the prospect of a second wave and a second containment, so it would be worse. I think that the government should absolutely change the program Delivery canadian emergency.”

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