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B.C. Federation of Labour calls for $15 minimum wage

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Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the B.C. Federation of Labour convention in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the B.C. Federation of Labour convention in Vancouver on Tuesday.

By Ash Kelly

The B.C. Federation of Labour is calling on B.C. residents to sign a petition demanding a $15 minimum wage.

BCFED presented a recent poll they commissioned that shows public support for the increase.  Of those polled, 75 per cent said they agree or somewhat agree with making a significant and immediate increase to the minimum wage.” The current minimum wage in the province is $10 an hour and $9 an hour for liquor service staff.

Workers falling behind

“At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of poverty. It has been almost three years since the last increase to the minimum wage. Workers fall behind when their wage is stagnant, yet the cost of living goes up each year.” said said Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour in a press release.

Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke in support of the cause at a rally outside the BCFED convention in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday.

Premier Christy Clark has previously expressed concerns that raising the minimum wage to even $13 an hour would slow job creation.

 

 

 

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