On October 1st, Newfoundland and Labrador became the province with the second lowest minimum wage in the country. In a province that has over 13,000 minimum wage workers (the majority of which are women), we need to commit to doing better for minimum wage workers and work towards a $15 minimum wage now.
A minimum wage worker in our province working a 40-hour week earns $23,712 annually, which guarantees them remaining as part of the working poor. Our government’s answer to addressing a low minimum wage is to increase the wage based on the previous annual rate of inflation for Canada. Based on last year’s rate of inflation, that would increase the wage to around $11.65, an increase of $10 a week. A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) found that a minimum wage worker in St. John’s would need to work 55 hours a week, every week, just to afford the rent for a one-bedroom apartment.
The NLFL recognizes International Day of Older Persons and celebrates the hard work and dedication of those who came before us — and are still working with us today!
The Canadian Labour Congress and the provincial District Labour Councils will be hosting Labour Day events in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Labrador West this year.
Please Note: All events take place on September 2nd, 2019 except events in Lab West, will will be on September 7th, 2019.
The event posters with locations and date are shared below. Hope to see you there!