Halifax WAC: CYCLESMITH
Cyclesmith has received praise for its living wage policy and was named Business of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
But workers, past and present, report to the Halifax WAC:
Being asked to complete approximately 30 hours of unpaid training (a Labour Standards violation)
Sexism at work (including a stark gender imbalance among staff)
Being required to assume customers' gender identity in the company database for sales purposes
Under the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code, employees must be paid for all hours of work. This includes training.
Employers cannot retaliate against employees for exercising their rights. Therefore, a training policy that withholds benefits from employees who refuse to complete unpaid training is punitive.
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Send the following email to:
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If employees are not compensated for all working hours, Cyclesmith is not paying a living wage!
I, (your name), alongside the Halifax Workers' Action Centre, call on Cyclesmith to...
1) Immediately start paying workers full wages for all hours of work - this includes training
2) Make benefits available to all employees
3) Take steps to address sexism and misogyny in their workplace