The BCGEU strike was paused over a week ago and the BC General Employees’ Unions (BCGEU) and the Public Service Agency (PSA) have reached a tentative agreement. A date for a ratification vote will be set in the coming days. On August 12, the union served 72-hour strike notice and soon followed with an overtime ban. Pickets were first put up at distribution centres in Delta, Kamloops, Richmond and Victoria, effectively cutting off the supply of liquor and cannabis to stores throughout the province.
Late in August, Jaclynn Pehota, Executive Director of the Retail Cannabis Council of BC stated she knew of 50 BC cannabis stores that either closed or severely cut operating hours as stock ran low. Private liquor stores were also hit hard. An Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) survey found that many businesses were taking a financial hit. One-fifth of members reported that they had lost upwards of $20,000 in profit and 20% of respondents said they had to reduce staff hours.
If you run a BC liquor store or cannabis store and business is hurting because of the recent strike and distribution disruptions, consider recovery planning with our BC liquor and cannabis consultants. By looking at financials, stock and current employee hours, we can help streamline reopening by creating a plan that works for your business, its customers and employees.Book a Free 30-Minute Consultation Today!