|Common Front for Social Justice|
January 21, 2009
For immediate publication
Moncton- ''We consider the proposed increase to the Minimum Wage as a small step in the right direction''- Linda McCausltin, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice.
The NB Government has announced two increases to the Minimum Wage: a $0.25 increase on April 1 2009 and a another of $0.25 on September 1, 2009. Right now, NB has the lowest minimum wage in all of Canada. Today PEI has a $8.00 an hour Minimum Wage.
Presently, Newfoundland and Labrador has a minimum wage of $8.50 that will go up to $9.00 in July 2009, to $9.50 in January 2010 and then to $10.00 in July 2010 Nova Scotia's minimum wage will go up to $8.60 in April 2009, then increase to $8.20 in April 2010 and to $9.65 in October 2010.
“We have been pushing for a number of years to have our Minimum wage increased and that these increases be set at specific dates. Today's announcement is a partial answer to our demand.” says Ms MacCausltin.
With the increase in April 2009, workers will be making $16,640 per year instead of $16,120 - an increase of $520.00 per year which translates in an increase of only $10.00 per month.
With the increase of September 2009, they will be making $17,160 per year, again a difference of $10 per month from April 2009.
Even with the 2009 increases, workers will still be under the poverty line.
The Poverty Line for 2007 for one individual living in a community of 30,000 to 99,999 was $18,544. With the April increase, this increase means the worker will still be $1904 below the poverty line and the September increase that person will still be $1,384 under the poverty line.
“All across the country, provincial governments have recognized the injustice in having citizens working and receiving a revenue that keeps them in poverty. New Brunswick has to make the same realization and take the proper steps right now to rectify the situation” concludes Ms MacCausltin
Linda MacCausltin- 855-7086, John Gagnon- 548-9776 (co-chairs)
Jean-Claude Basque - 862-9182 (coordinator)