The B.C. Government and Services Employees' Union is urging the provincial government to immediately halt plans for the sale of B.C. wine, cider and sake in grocery stores for six months.

The request is contained in a letter sent this week to B.C. Premier Christy Clark from BCGEU president Stephanie Smith.

The BCGEU is applauding the provincial government’s decision to modernize public liquor stores. Today's announcement will allow public liquor stores to open on Sundays, extend shopping hours and offer refrigerated products effective next April.