VANCOUVER, Sept. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Today's announcement by NDP Opposition
Leader Thomas Mulcair that he would bring back a federal minimum wage,
pegging it at $15 an hour, is a welcome move that will push the
provinces to increase their rates, Unifor National President Jerry Dias
"Too many workers today are forced into low-paid, part-time and
precarious jobs. The kind of leadership Mr. Mulcair is showing on this
issue will help improve their situation," Dias said.
There has effectively been no federal minimum wage since 1996, when the
government of Jean Chretien linked the federal rate to provincial
minimum wages. A federal minimum wage would apply to such sectors as
banking, telecommunications and broadcasting employing more than
Dias praised the hard work and dedication by activist groups and unions
across the country to boost minimum wages.
"Unifor is proud to be part of the many coalitions pushing for
provincial minimum wage increases across the country. A higher federal
minimum wage would put added pressure on the provinces to act," Dias
The challenges facing minimum wage workers, often in part time and
precarious jobs, will be a major focus of Unifor's Good Jobs Summit, to
be held October 3-5 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf
Gardens) in Toronto. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will speak at the
Summit October 4.
The Summit will bring together students, workers, government, employers,
unions, policy makers, researchers and non-governmental organizations
to discuss how to create meaningful and sustainable jobs.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
For more information, please Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054, or Unifor Communications National Representative Shannon Devine at Shannon.Devine@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-302-1699.