VANCOUVER, April 19, 2018 /CNW/ - Eliminating two sub-minimum wages is an important step for reducing exploitation and poverty of some of the province's most vulnerable workers, says Unifor.
"Liquor servers and others struggling under the sub-minimum wage deserve a raise," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We look forward to working with the British Columbia government to use employment standards improvements to make these wage gains go even further."
Unifor has campaigned for years to increase the minimum wage and eliminate the wage discrimination faced by liquor servers, live-in home support workers, live-in camp leaders, resident care takers and some farm workers—all of whom received a wage increase in today's announcement. The union says employment standards reform must go hand in hand with minimum wage increases so that exploitive loopholes don't hold workers back.
"Unethical employers are still free to use B.C. Liberal loopholes to steal tips, claw back benefits, and lord incredible power over workers," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. "All working people in B.C. deserve a fair wage and protection from employer interference."
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: Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 778-903-6549 (cell).