Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage



Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage

April 11, 2014 13:17 ET

Temp Agencies, Low-Wage Employers Target of Day of Action for $14 Minimum Wage

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 11, 2014) - On April 14th, community members and labour activists will rally outside low-wage employers - including temporary help agencies - in a province-wide day of action to continue the fight for a $14 minimum wage.

"We're highlighting temp agencies because temp workers are frequently minimum wage earners," says Lorraine Ferns, Workers' Action Centre member. "And even when they are paid a bit more than minimum wage, they generally earn 40% less than their directly-hired counterparts doing the same job."

"To make matters worse, temp workers are regularly denied the holiday and overtime pay they are entitled to under the law," says Ferns. The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage points to a recent Ministry of Labour enforcement blitz where 3 out of every 4 temp agencies inspected were found to be in violation of basic employment standards, especially in the area of wages.

"We are taking action on April 14 because the minimum wage is still frozen at $10.25 and a June hike of 75 cents an hour is not nearly enough to lift workers out of poverty," said Motilall Sarjoo of the Peel Regional Labour Council, referring to Premier Kathleen Wynne's announcement that the minimum wage would increase to $11.00 on June 1.

"We still need to push to ensure that the minimum wage is indexed to annual cost of living increases," adds Yvonne Kelly of Freedom 90. "As it stands, with all the election speculation, there's no guarantee that even this modest measure will go through." Legislation to index the minimum wage has been tabled but requires the support of opposition party members to become law.

For more information on the Campaign, visit: www.raisetheminimumwage.ca.

Follow the campaign Twitter account @fairwagesnow and hashtag #14now.

Provincial actions and contacts:

Guelph Saturday, April 12, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rally outside Liberty Staffing Solutions
55 Cork Street East
Denise Martins: (519) 803-2508
Kitchener Monday, April 14, 2014, 11am
Rallying outside a building that contains three temp agencies!
Meet at Vogelsang Green (Corner of Duke East and Queen North)
Shannon Balla: (613) 220-0554, forspecialdiet@gmail.com
Mississauga Monday, April 14, 12 pm - 1 pm
Rally outside Rockwood Mall
at Dixie and Burnamthorpe
then march to Dipika Demerla's office
Jim Mcdowell: (416) 587-8809; Anthony Tambureno (905) 330-1310
Thunder Bay Monday, April 14, 10am
Press conference
Faith group representatives join Poverty Free Thunder Bay to urge MPPs to pass bills to protect vulnerable workers before an election is called.
Lakehead Social Planning Council Board Room, Victoriaville
Terri Carter (807) 577-5833; Sara Williamson (807) 683-5669
Toronto Monday, April 14, 12:30pm
Rally outside one of Canada's largest temp agencies
483 Bay Street (Queen and Bay St.)
Sonia Singh: (647) 235-6912, sonia@workersactioncentre.org
York Region Monday April 14, 11:30am - 1:30pm
"Supersizing" our Action on Raising the Minimum Wage
Meet at McDonald's - 1100 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON
Actions will be taken at McDonalds as well as nearby Wendy's, and Tim Horton's all on the Davis Strip east of Leslie
Kristine Carbis (289) 338-3149

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Peel Regional Labour Council, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Unifor and Workers' Action Centre.

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