Wage increase not nearly enough
Last week, the McNeil Liberals announced that the minimum wage in Nova Scotia would increase from $10.65 to $10.80 an hour on April 1.
That’s right: 15 cents. A nickel and a dime.
We don’t need to be talking about 15 cents; we should be talking about $15.
Nova Scotia has the second lowest weekly wages in Canada. We have 130,000 people working for less than $15 an hour. That’s 130,000 people working for a wage that at 40 hours a week doesn’t give you enough for food, heat and rent – never mind thinking about filling prescriptions, fixing your glasses, or going to the dentist.
This is a problem with a solution. The NDP government in Alberta is in the middle of a three-year phasein of a $15 minimum wage in order to address these problems. We, too, can do this.
Nova Scotia deserves $15. It makes more sense than a nickel and a dime. Gary Burrill Halifax Nova Scotia NDP leader