PSAC welcomes the NDP’s proposal to re-institute a minimum federal wage and to increase it gradually to $15 an hour by 2019. While the NDP proposal would not cover workers employed in the federal public service, PSAC still thinks it would be an important step toward improving conditions for all workers.
As of 2012, there were a million people in Canada working for minimum wage. According to the Canadian Labour Congress, they are more likely to be women, visible minorities and recent immigrants. One in six minimum wage workers has at least one child to support at home.
The push for a $15 federal minimum wage in Canada follows successful community campaigns across the country for hikes in the provincial minimum wage.
“It’s simply impossible to pay for groceries, rent and utilities when you only make $10-11 an hour,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC’s National President. “We want to end the race to the bottom and see wages and benefits improve for all workers.”
The last time Canada had a minimum wage was in 1996. Despite fear-mongering by large corporations, the CLC’s research shows that a higher minimum wage benefits the entire economy.
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