“Governments have recognized that decent work is essential to reducing inequality, but most have been slow to take the action needed to promote it. The growth of decent work requires action by the labour movement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens make commitment to acting on mental health issues. "This commitment elevates strategies that recognize the urgency around the opioid crisis, which we know is having a devastating effect on workers and the communities in which they live.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We mustn't be lulled into thinking that these changes fix all of the serious problems facing workers today. There is still much work to do in both provinces, and across the country, before we can claim that workers’ rights are protected and respected as they should be." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Join the campaign to raise the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers in our country.
"It is unconscionable that corporate employers who are making massive profits refuse to provide fundamental working conditions to their employees." — James Clancy, NUPGE President
British Columbia Federation of Labour sees government announcement as abandoning working people. Measures government proposed will guarantee that many workers will remain in poverty.
Ontario provincial government raises minimum wage to $11 per hour to catch up with the cost-of-living increases over the last four years. Poverty advocates and workers are disappointed in the move, saying the crisis needs bolder action.
"People need a living wage, not a survival wage." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.