Approximately 20 people set up for the night outside of Mac’s Convenience store on Commercial Drive Saturday night, according to Caitlin Davidson-King with the Young Workers Committee of the BC Federation of Labour.
This move in Vancouver, which is also happening in Victoria, marks the anniversary of change to a regulation referred to as Grant’s Law.
The law comes after the death of 24 year old Grant De Patie, a gas station worker killed in a Maple Ridge gas-and-dash in 2005.
Labour Federation President Irene Lanzinger says the government has watered down the regulation.
“Now you don’t have to have two people, you have to have… you can have a camera, you can have a buzzer, alarm system. And while those are things that will notify people that something terrible is happening, they don’t protect the worker, they protect the money.”
“We would like to see a rule that says unless there is a complete barrier between the worker and the customers, or anyone who might come in, then there have to be two people there at night. And we would like to see the time changed, they changed the time from 10 to 11, when these regulations start at 11 at night, we would like to see it moved back to 10 at night again.”
The protesters will remain at the shop until 6 a.m.
In a statement to CKNW, Labour Minister Shirley Bond says there are three options for late night workers: two people working together at the same time, a barrier between worker and public, and/or a list of requirements and procedures including video monitoring and time-lock safes.