Island NDP calls for higher minimum wage

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The Island’s NDP is calling on the provincial government to stop delaying action on the report of the Employment Standards Board concerning the Island’s minimum wage rate.

Island NDP leader Mike Redmond responds to reporters questions after the speech

In November 2013, NDP Leader Mike Redmond along with NDP federal council representative Joe Byrne submitted a report to the Employment Standards Board calling for minimum wage increases, ongoing analysis of impacts of higher wages on business development and economic growth, and action towards a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) for all Islanders.

“We know the cabinet has had the report of the Employment Standards Board for well over a month now. Let’s stop delaying this,” said Redmond.

“The minimum wage has to go up to at least $10.30 right now and be increased steadily over time.

 “When the legislature opens, the government and the official opposition should get straight to work on achieving livable incomes for everybody. But right now the Liberal cabinet can and should increase the minimum wage and give Islanders some relief on the high cost of living in this province.”

Organizations: Employment Standards Board, NDP federal council

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  • ..Wyman MacKinnon
    March 24, 2014 - 12:28

    Congratulations on this reccomendation.Ontario"s Minimum wage will go to 11 dollars per hour June one after a 4 Year McGuinty freeze . this will put us at least 4 dollars an hour below a liveable wage .low income workers are easy targets wor the Tories and the Grits . Good Luck Wyman MacKinnon Sudbury Ontario

  • Dave
    March 21, 2014 - 07:42

    Really "The minimum wage has to go up to at least $10.30 right now and be increased steadily over time??? Wow that increase should help keep people below the poverty line on the island. I live in southwestern Ontario now and have to say that even for me to buy milk it is cheaper because where you get 3L bags there for almost 7.00 here we get 4L bags for under 4.50. Therental market is priced about the same but there are more jobs so how is it that gov. expects islanders to survive? Oh and the fact that 500L of furnace oil is almost 600.00 is ridiculous because you are paying that we have natural gas which costs about 90-100.00 per month for heat in the winter. How are seniors on pensions or people on a fixed income supposed to survive? They need to raise the minimum wage to 12.00/hr to give people a fighting chance and step in regarding the prices of things essential to life on that little rock because catering to the tourists for 2 months out of the year is killing the people that matter, the ones that keep the economy there going. No wonder there are so many drug and alcohol problems there, you can't be in your right mind to live there.