Minimum wage

Today the NDP Caucus grilled government on missed opportunities and long overdue actions needed to protect and support our province’s workers.

 

The NDP Caucus says government’s April 1 minimum wage increase of 15 cents an hour does nothing to lift full time minimum wage earners above the poverty line.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says the government’s plan to index the province’s minimum wage to the national Consumer Price Index is a good start but is insufficient.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says despite the recent increase, full-time minimum wage earners are still coming in below the poverty line. Newfoundland and Labrador’s minimum wage was raised 25 cents to $11 on Oct. 1.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the lowest minimum wages in Canada, resulting in many minimum wage workers earning poverty incomes. We must raise the wage to a fairer level of $15.00 as a step towards a living wage before indexing the minimum wage to inflation.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

Today is International Women’s Day. NDP Caucus members seized the opportunity to ask government for commitments on several key issues. NDP Critic for the Status of Women Gerry Rogers led off questioning with a return to an issue she has championed for years.

 
NDP St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

Yesterday in the House of Assembly’s question period, and afterwards speaking with reporters, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills indicated he might hold public consultations on the province’s minimum wage, and that the minimum wage might be rising. Today in Question Period in the House, NDP MHA Gerry Rogers sought some clarification.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The provincial government has not yet held the minimum wage review required by law, say the members of the NDP caucus, and the lowest-waged working people in the country are paying the price.

 
NDP Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development critic Gerry Rogers

The NDP Critic for Seniors, Wellness and Social Development brought the plight of one of her constituents to the House of Assembly today. St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers says “John” is a senior citizen who worked at minimum wage jobs all his life, and whose pared-down monthly expenses exceed his income by several hundred dollars.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

While NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) admires and respects the generosity of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who support food banks, she says government could take a solid step towards reducing the increased use of food banks by increasing the province’s minimum wage.

 

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