The Waterloo Regional Labour Council held a march and rally in support of the 15 and Fairness campaign.
The campaign is demanding the Ontario Government raise the minimum wage frm its current rate of $11.25 per hour to $15.00 an hour.
According to the group, the current minimum wage keeps workers below the poverty line even when they work 40 or more hours a week.
Majorie Knight is with the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, she says they need the government to step up and do their part. ” we need pay that is above the poverty line, it is not that we are lazy and it’s not that we are terrible, we work hard and we deserve better.” Said Knight.
The timing of the rally is also important, the provincial government is currently reviewing the employment standards act and the labour relations act that govern things like minimum wage. New legislation could be put in place next year.
For more information you can check out the 15 and Fairness website here.
— Jeff Pickel (@PickelPress) April 15, 2016