BC Fed Slams Minimum Wage Increase
Prince George, B.C. – Today’s 40 cent minimum wage increase will do little to address B.C.’s “problem of poverty and inequality.”
That from BC Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger.
“The small raise still means that 500,000 BC workers earn poverty wages – under $15 per hour. That’s one out of every four workers in our province,” she says.
“Premier Clark has done nothing to address BC’s inequality crisis. The plight of low wage workers just isn’t on her radar.”
In the mean time Lanzinger says he organization will continue to fight for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“Our Fight for $15 campaign is a concrete poverty-reduction strategy to address the widening gap between rich and poor and make life more affordable for many British Columbians. We believe that nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty.”
She says the 40 cent bump has “inched BC out of being the bottom place with the lowest minimum wage for the time being.”
“BC now ranks eight lowest amongst provinces and territories despite the fact that our cost of living is at the high end.”