Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 27, 2013 05:00 ET

ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - The Ontario Federation of Labour plans to shut down its biennial convention on Wednesday to organize a mass rally in the centre of Toronto's retail district to demand an increase in Ontario's minimum wage.

"The labour movement has always fought to raise the standards for every worker but the circumstances facing too many working people are worse than they have been in decades," OFL President Sid Ryan. "The portion of Ontario workers toiling for minimum wage has more than doubled from 4.3 percent to 9 percent over the past decade and the situation is only getting worse. Precarious work used to be the exception but it is fast becoming the norm. Ontario needs to introduce a host of measures to provide fairness and equality for every worker, but raising the minimum wage to $14 an hour is the most important first step."

WHAT: Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage
WHEN: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
WHERE: Starting at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West) and followed by a march to Yonge-Dundas Square
WHO: Labour unions, vulnerable worker groups and community partners

This year, the Wynne government responded to public pressure by striking an advisory panel to review the province's minimum wage and conducting consultations across the province. However, labour and community groups say that low-wage workers cannot wait any longer to earn a fair wage.

"Working hard at a job should lift you out of poverty, not drive you further into it," said Ryan. "With a minimum wage that has stagnated at $10.25 an hour, over a million workers in Ontario are languishing in poverty and falling further behind every year. All we are asking is that Premier Wynne prevent employers from paying poverty wages."

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Joel Duff
    Communications Director
    jduff@ofl.ca (FRENCH/ENGLISH)