EDMONTON, June 18, 2015 /CNW/ - More than 800 business owners, managers,
employees and customers have already signed an online petition calling
on the government to modify its minimum wage plan.
Restaurants Canada created the website ProtectFirstJobs.ca to explain the impact of raising the minimum wage too high, too fast -
particularly on first-time, entry-level jobs for young people and those
who earn a large part of their income from gratuities.
"We are not opposed to minimum wage increases. Our concern is with the
unintended consequences of raising it by 50% so quickly, and at a time
when the economy is slowing dramatically," says the association's Vice
President, Western Canada Mark von Schellwitz.
Restaurants Canada is urging government to work with employers to create
wage and job growth for Albertans, starting with these measures:
1. Adjust minimum wage based on the current economic climate, and
announce increases annually to allow for necessary adjustments.
2. Keep the current liquor-server differential, which recognizes that
servers in licensed restaurants and bars are not minimum wage earners
when you factor in their substantial gratuity income. This allows
restaurateurs to pay more to staff who don't earn tips.
3. Introduce a first-job wage differential to encourage small businesses
to continue to hire entry-level job-seekers and students under the age
Alberta's Restaurant Industry: Part of every community - http://rcdata.ca/1F8ntQh
Restaurant Business 101: Where the money goes - http://rcdata.ca/1IFwpEy
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice
businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and
suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through
services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant
industry. Canada's restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million
Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18
million customers every day.
SOURCE Restaurants Canada
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