Monday, Feb 27, 2017 


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"Legislated Poverty"

Fiery response from Unifor over minimum wage hike

Ian Boyco, Unifor/Website photo



nifor calls out the BC government after today's announcement as hundreds of thousands of British Columbians will still earn a poverty wage after the minimum rises to $11.35 this fall.

"Premier Christy Clark is legislating poverty," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. "Such a low wage floor is just another way that Christy Clark has proven that she is a Premier for the wealthy."

Unifor and dozens of organizations across BC have been calling on the BC Liberal government to keep up with Alberta and Seattle by introducing a $15 minimum wage. The union is also calling for the elimination of the deeply unfair liquor server wage, which artificially lowers the wage of the women-dominated hospitality sector.

"Christy Clark doesn't get it: by lifting up the province's lowest earning workers, we can dramatically reduce inequality and make the economy work for more British Columbians," said Warnock. "It's time for real change in the province and a government that is on the side of working people."

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


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