May 02, 2012
What is the minimum wage where you live? I am curious what that wage is, whether you live in the US, Mexico, Europe or Canada. It will be different in each Province and State…..
Do you think that the minimum wage where you live is fair?
Here is a news article re the minimum wage in our province here in Canada.
May 1, 2012 / 5:00 pm
The BC Federation of Labour has applauded Tuesday’s increase in the provincial minimum wage.
At the same time, federation president, Jim Sinclair, also expressed disappointment in the government’s decision to leave some workers out.
Tuesday, the minimum wage jumped to $10.25 an hour for all workers except liquor servers and hand harvesters.
The fed says piece rates remain the same while liquor server minimum wages increase to $9 an hour.
“It is absolutely unfair and arbitrary for this government to increase the minimum wage for some workers and not others,” says Sinclair, who called on the Minister of Labour to outline the government’s plans for future increases.
Sinclair noted a commitment by Premier, Christy Clark, to put in a process for future increases in place and to review the wage rate in the summer.
“Today’s increase to $10.25 is good news and long overdue. Unfortunately, even at $10.25, workers in BC don’t reach the poverty line,” adds Sinclair.
“We are looking for a commitment by government to increase the wage again six months from now.”
Sinclair and the Federation have proposed an increase in the minimum wage to $11.25 an hour in November followed by a system of yearly minimum wage increases based on recommendations made by an independent panel, similar to a system in place in PEI and Alberta.