The popular travelling road show focusing on income inequality is revving its engines for another leg of its cross-Canada tour on income inequality.
On April 14, a crowd of about 175 people marched in downtown Toronto to demand a $14-an-hour minimum wage and improved legal protections for precarious workers.
An International Monetary Fund report released this week found that taxing the wealthy to fund programs that reduce income inequality is good for the economy.
“I have been through your plan, and quite simply the numbers just don’t add up,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias wrote in his letter to Hudak today.
The minimum wage increase announced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne this morning is too small and locks in the poverty-level wages of the province’s lowest-paid workers, Unifor says.
Even without the full details, there are other reasons to doubt his promise. For starters: there aren't a million unemployed people in Ontario.
Canada has not seen the kind of energized and far-reaching calls and protest movements for raising the minimum wage as in the states, the working poor in this country face similar difficulties.
Open forum to discuss the impact of growing income inequality on communities, families and workers and what we can do about it.
While the super wealthy may feel they are winning the class war as the inequality gap widens, the face of austerity is an evidence-based decline in population health.
On April 30, 2013, CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan testified to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of the committee’s study of income inequality.