Minimum Wage Hike Not Enough – BC Fed
Prince Georg e, B.C. – A hike to the minimum wage in this province will take effect Sept. 15 but the BC Federation of Labour says it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough.
The hike was announced today and is in accordance with a commitment the provincial government made last May that will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour.
The increase includes an extra 20 cents based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. Liquor servers will also see an identical increase to $10.10 an hour.
Victoria says with this increase; the minimum wage will have increased six times since 2011. Predictably however, the BC Federation of Labour is not impressed.
“The increase allows the Liberals to pretend they’re doing something about poverty when they’re really not,” says president Irene Lanzinger. “What we really need from government is a concrete plan to address poverty, low wages and rampant inequality in B.C.”
She recommends the government could do that by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour – pointing out the plan for $15 an hour has already been adopted in Alberta and Seattle.
“The Clark government could choose to do this, but they won’t,” says Lanzinger. “And that speaks to the choices they make and whose side they’re on.”