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Good Jobs, Good Wages

BC Fed Labour helps organize Feb poverty reduction discussions
Trish Garner, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

 

week of events to highlight the depths of poverty and inequality in BC and the need for provincial candidates and parties to commit to launch a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy if elected kicks off in BC today on Saturday, February 25.

The launch event is a panel discussion on Good Jobs, Good Wages that focuses in on concrete measures that can be taken to tackle the rise of precarious work and stagnant wages, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in room 1300, SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street in Vancouver.
 
The week has been organized by the BC Federation of Labour and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. It concludes with a rally for a Poverty Free BC on Saturday, March 4 from 12 pm to 2 pm at the Vancouver Public Library downtown.
 
Actions organized by a wide range of the Coalition's members and supporters include:

Metro Vancouver:
• Low Wage: Feb. 25, 1:30-3:30 pm: Panel discussion on Good Jobs, Good Wages for BC
• Equity: Feb. 26, 2:00-4:30 pm: Film screening and panel about the hidden struggles of migrant workers
• Welfare: Mar. 2, 7pm: Pre-release film screening of Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake
• Housing: Mar. 3

12-1:30 pm: Interactive, theatrical cooking lesson led by Foreign Farm Workers who grow our BC produce, focused on their housing situation

12-1 pm: Action uniting renters across the Lower Mainland in front of the Burnaby Residential Tenancy Branch

Province-wide:
• Health: Feb. 27: Digital Action for Health - easy way to get involved: sign and social media samples available!
• Education: Feb. 28, 3:30-4:30 pm: Webinar about the effects of poverty on students
• Child Care: Mar. 1, 6:30-8:00 pm: Webinar on family poverty and the $10aDay Child • Care Plan
• Welfare: Mar. 2, 12-2 pm: Rally in Victoria at the BC Legislature to Rise Up to End • Poverty & Deprivation of BC’s Disabled & Poor

More information about events through the week is included below and at www.povertyfreebc.ca.
 
Poverty and inequality facts:
• BC is the only province in Canada without a poverty reduction plan.


• Almost 600,000 British Columbians live in poverty.

• Income assistance rates for individuals have been frozen at $610 per month for the last decade.

• BC has the highest inequality in Canada with the wealthiest 20% owning 75% of the total wealth in BC while the poorest 20% are in debt.

• 500,000 BC workers earn poverty wages, less than $15 per hour.
 

• One in five children in BC live in poverty.

• Failing to address poverty costs BC an estimated $8-9 billion per year in costs like health care, policing, and lost economic opportunities.

• A poverty reduction plan includes improvements to wages, welfare, housing, childcare, education, health and reducing barriers for members of equity seeking groups.12-1 pm: Action uniting renters across the Lower Mainland in front of the Burnaby Residential Tenancy Branch

For more information, visit BCPRC  www.povertyfreebc.ca

 

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