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Minimal attendance at minimum wage session in Clarenville

Ken Clements, director of labour standards, during the minimum wage public session on Tuesday.
Ken Clements, director of labour standards, during the minimum wage public session on Tuesday.

CLARENVILLE — Last week, the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour held a public session on minimum wage in the province, however, only one member from the public attended the afternoon presentation.

Ken Clements, the director of labour standards, explained the province’s current situation and talked about the options for how the minimum wage can increase — either linking it to gradual, incremental increases like an inflation rate, or having the government evaluate and increase the wage.

Clements says business owners and the labour force tend to agree that gradual increases are good.

Ken Clements, the director of labour standards, explained the province’s current situation and talked about the options for how the minimum wage can increase — either linking it to gradual, incremental increases like an inflation rate, or having the government evaluate and increase the wage.

Clements says business owners and the labour force tend to agree that gradual increases are good.

The lone attendee, a local Bell dealer owner/operator named Beverly Winsor, says she came to the meeting because she was interested in learning more about how the increases are determined.

She says it’s hard for her to find full time employees at minimum wage, but she doesn’t believe the increases — the way they are currently presented — will be a major motivator to be able to find new employees.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she said during the discussion.

If you are interested in learning more, email minimumwage@gov.nl.ca or call 1-877-563-1063.

 

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

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Facts on minimum wage in NL

• Current N.L. minimum wage is $10.50

• On April 1, it will increase to $10.75

• On Oct. 1, it will increase again to $11.00

• Currently, N.L. has the lowest minimum wage in Canada

• After this year’s increases, it will put N.L. on par with the rest of Canada

• N.L.’s minimum wage has increased about 65 per cent over last 10 years

• Alberta committed to raising the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2018

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