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Covid-19: Nestle to pay full salary to employees

Source | | Reuters/Zurich

Unilever also said it would pay part-time workers for up to three months.

Nestle, the world’s biggest food company, said it would pay full salaries for at least three months to employees affected by work stoppages to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The move will cover both part-time and salaried employees as well as those working in its retail operations – the Kit Kat Chocolatory and Nespresso boutiques – which have been temporarily closed in some places, the company said in a statement.

The Nescafe coffee maker, which has 291,000 employees across the world, also said it would provide cash advances or loans to those in financial difficulties, and that it had put in place generous sick leave arrangements for employees who may have contracted the virus.

For Canada, specifically, the Swiss company said it was temporarily raising wages by Canadian $3 per hour for on-duty factory and distribution centre workers, retroactive to March 16, 2020.

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