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June 4, 2021

 

Minimum wage change an insult to frontline heroes

 

Today’s embarrassing announcement from the provincial government of a change in the minimum wage from $11.45 an hour to $11.81 an hour- an increase of just 36 cents- is an insult to the frontline heroes who have remained on the job throughout the pandemic while earning the lowest wages in the entire country.

 

“It’s incredibly insulting that, after what working people in Saskatchewan have been through over the past year, the provincial government would announce a raise for minimum wage workers that amounts to a small handful of change,” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) President Lori Johb. “These frontline heroes have been working hard over the past year in grocery stores, gas stations and many other workplaces, putting their own health and safety at risk to ensure Saskatchewan people have access to vital goods and services.”

 

Johb noted that a significant raise to the minimum wage is needed now, especially as the province looks forward to recovering from the pandemic.

 

“Now is the time for us to be investing in our communities and stimulating the economy” Johb said. “Anything less than $15 an hour is unacceptable. Saskatchewan workers deserve so much better.”

 

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