Statement on Fair Wages Commission - BCGEU


Today, December 7, is the final day to provide submissions to B.C.'s Fair Wages Commission. The BCGEU would like to mark this date by calling for the immediate implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage for all workers in our province.

The BCGEU is a tireless advocate for fair wages for all workers. Daily, BCGEU members providing health and social services confront the consequences of low wages, poverty and growing inequality our province, including poor nutrition, inadequate housing, mental health and addictions issues. Many BCGEU members have themselves organized and struggled to earn more than the minimum wage. They know frsthand the positive difference that making a decent wage makes in their lives, and they want the same for all British Columbians – right now.

There is no good reason for British Columbians to wait for a higher minimum wage. The province's economy is very strong. And modern economic research has demonstrated that a reasonable increase in the minimum wage is good for workers and the economy.

Today, and every day, we call for an end to poverty wages in BC.

You can read our full submission to the Fair Wages Commission online