VANCOUVER, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - In testimony to the province's Fair Wage Commission, Unifor will advise the government that there is no time to waste in giving BC's lowest paid workers an overdue raise.
"The minimum wage has not kept pace with B.C.'s cost of living," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "The minimum wage must be increased immediately."
The Commission's public hearings begin today in Abbotsford and continue until December 7.
When British Columbia moves to a $15 per hour minimum wage, it will join neighbouring Alberta and Seattle and give tens of thousands of low wage workers the ability to make ends meet. Unifor also supports scrapping sub-minimum wage rates, such as the liquor server wage.
"The B.C. Liberals filled the party's coffers with donations from large chain restaurants that benefit from low wages," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. "It's time hard-working British Columbians got a break. Restaurant owners have dictated provincial wage policy long enough."
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 604-726-0130 (cell)