B.C. to increase general minimum wage as of June 1

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The government of British Columbia announced that the general minimum wage would increase to $15.20 an hour with effect from 1st of June.

According to a news release by Government of British Columbia, the government is also ending the lower discriminatory minimum wage for liquor servers.

“June 1 also marks the end of the discriminatory lower minimum wage for B.C. liquor servers, which disproportionally affects women,” the statement added.

Harry Bains, Minister of Labour said “In 2017, our government made a commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by June 2021, through regular, measured and predictable increases. As of tomorrow, we will have achieved – and surpassed – that goal, making sure workers who need regular and fair wage increases are getting them.”

Meanwhile, Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary of Gender Equity said “About 80% of liquor servers are women, and the low liquor wage is a clear example of the gender pay gap we are fighting to eliminate. Most minimum wage earners are women, often racialized women and newcomers who face barriers to accessing better-paying jobs. We need to work towards wages that workers can actually live on instead of being held back by.”

Furthermore, the Government of B.C. said Live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, increases to $121.65 from $116.86; and resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, increases to $912.28, plus $36.56 per suite for those who manage nine to 60 residential suites and to $3,107.42 for 61 or more suites.

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