Three year wait time too long for low-wage earners



    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Organizers of the $10 Minimum Wage campaign
have responded decisively to the leaked news about government plans to raise
the minimum wage over three years.
    "This will leave over a million people in Ontario at poverty wages long
into the future." said John Cartwright, President of the Toronto & York Region
Labour Council. "A three year wait time is far too long. Compared with the
eight days it took them to give MPP's a massive increase, this is simply
unacceptable."
    Most low-wage earners are women or from racialized communities. Carolyn
Egan of the International Women's Day organizing committee, noted that "This
year thousands of women spoke out about the need to raise the minimum wage to
$10 immediately. Too many women are trying to make ends meet working two and
three jobs. Asking them to hold off for years is irresponsible."
    "When you listen to young people's real life experience, they are very
clear that incomes are not enough to get ahead. On $8 an hour, they can't
afford even the most basic necessities" says Cynthia Dumont of West
Scarborough Community Centre.
    More information on facts and figures regarding minimum wage, including
the actual results of increases, can be found at
http://www.labourcouncil.ca/background.html





For further information:

For further information: John Cartwright, Labour Council President at
(416) 999-5663

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