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Re: A living wage, not minimum wage

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:53 pm

In Durham Region, which is located east of Toronto (Ontario in Canada), there has been discussion of what a living wage for a family of four would be. $17/h is the answer.
Interesting article-a teacher thinking about the non-board cafeteria workers earning much less than unionized teachers that are school board employees.
Unlike the minimum wage, which barely covers the cost of food, clothing and shelter in many Ontario communities, the living wage also includes the cost of child care, transit, cell phones, recreation, family outings and one modest vacation per year.

Researchers believe these added items are necessary for social inclusion and community participation and lead to a “truly human life.”

“A $17 hourly wage is, by no means an extravagant income,” the report notes. “However, it does ensure a reasonable quality of life for workers and their families in Durham Region.”

It does not, however, include the cost of paying off student loans or other household debt or saving for retirement or to buy a house, the report notes.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/23/living-wage-for-durham-pegged-at-17-an-hour.html
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Re: A living wage, not minimum wage

Postby CielOnTap on Mon May 08, 2017 9:46 pm

Curious to find out if European Union countries offer a minimum wage? Yes, most do but the amount varies. And some EU countries do not offer minimum wage. Worth knowing these facts if you think work over in Europe is in your work plan. I found a March article with some figures from Eurostat:

https://brussels-express.eu/minimum-wage-across-europe-good-live-brussels/
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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:24 am

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Re: A living wage, not minimum wage

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:00 pm

The Ontario government is on week two of a province-wide road trip to discuss proposed labour law reforms. The living wage rise is a hotly debated topic since the government released information for a $14/h min. wage in 2018 and $15/in 2019.

https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/7463800-hamilton-s-poverty-activists-clash-with-business-groups-tory-mpps-over-labour-reforms/
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Re: A living wage, not minimum wage

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:06 pm

Ontario is still adapting to the minimum wage changes that took effect since January 1, 2018. The Canadian province of Alberta and the US city of Seattle have so far indicated
that minimum wage hikes in their respective areas has not been negative.
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8071885-dos-don-ts-lessons-for-ontario-on-minimum-wage-hike/
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Re: A living wage, not minimum wage

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:42 pm

52% of employment in the Greater Toronto area (City of Toronto and nearby municipalities around that city) is considered precarious in nature in Canaada's most populous province of Ontario.
Some 52 per cent of jobs in the GTA are now precarious, according to research by United Way and McMaster University. The province is currently reviewing a bill passed under former premier Kathleen Wynne aimed at tackling precarious work including equal pay for temporary, casual and part-time workers, two paid emergency leave days for all workers, and a minimum wage bump to $14 in 2018 and $15 in 2019.

“People who are unemployed or underemployed are actually facing a lot of emotional and I’d say mental stress,” said Batool Raza, who moved to Canada last year from Dubai.

“This frustration can lead to a lot of problems for the community as a whole because you end up going for odd jobs and trying to make ends meet,” she said.

The Peel-Halton study did not quantify the broader social impact of joblessness and underemployment, but noted that “employment status has been shown to be a significant determinant of health and mental health status.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/09/28/joblessness-carries-1b-price-tag-for-peel-halton-regions.html
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