TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Supporters of the Campaign to Raise the
Minimum Wage welcome NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's pledge to raise the
federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
"A $15 minimum wage would be a tremendous step forward for workers,"
said Deena Ladd, Coordinator of the Workers' Action Centre. "This
measure will strengthen the economy by putting more money in workers'
"While Ontario pushes ahead with a meagre 75 cent increase to the
provincial minimum wage, this commitment shows real leadership to put
fair wages on the national agenda," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "It positions the federal
government as a key player in advancing a good jobs agenda."
Spokespersons for the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage note that
consumer spending is a key pillar of Canada's economy and that the Bank
of Canada has identified stagnant wages as a source of weakness
that dampens demand and forces people into debt to make ends meet.
"Let's face it. No employer is going to increase production or staffing
levels if people can't buy the goods and services already on offer -
regardless of how many tax cuts are implemented," said Ladd. "What
businesses need most are customers - that's why we need to focus on
creating good jobs with decent wages for all workers."
So far, the federal NDP is the only party to pledge its commitment to a
$15 minimum wage.
"This is not a partisan issue," said Woods. "Fair wages are fundamental
to a strong economy and we would expect that any political party
serious about tackling poverty and growing economy would make a similar
commitment to fair pay and decent work."
The fight for a $15 minimum wage has been a key demand of the growing
movement for fair wages across North America. Recently, a $15 minimum
wage was legislated in the municipalities of Seattle and SeaTac in
For more information on the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, visit: www.raisetheminimumwage.ca.
Follow the campaign on Twitter at @fairwagesnow.
SOURCE: Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage
For further information:
Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage:
Deena Ladd, Workers' Action Centre: 416-836-2379 (cell) or
Alastair Woods, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario: 647-378-8942 (cell)