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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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