Couche-Tard confident over staff

Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Advertisement The chief executive of convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard has said he is optimistic his company has come through the worst of labour shortages thanks to its expansion programme. Rémi Girard said labour problems had been more concentrated in higher demand areas and he did not expect a repeat of last year’s supply issues. The economic crisis has affected labour, with police staff leaving jobs and pharmacies and cleaners having to be replaced. “Last year was extraordinary,” Mr Girard told BBC News. “The labour problem was spread in so many regions.” Problems area Mr Girard said the supply problems had been a “great surprise” and that he had not seen such an unusual demand on people since the turn of the century. “We are not used to having that situation, we had big problems last year, but this year, I can tell you, so far so good,” he said. “We have satisfied many people with increased productivity. “We are investing a lot of money in people. If you work for us, you have a chance to work more hours than ever.” The company also launched an annual award to mark staff loyalty. It is the same awards policy as Pharmacy Weekly, but employees have to work there for three years to qualify for the award.

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