The Windsor Workers’ Action Centre is calling for Ontario’s minimum wage to increase to $14/hr.
President Paul Chislett says part of the push was a small demonstration at the office on Pelissier St. where they had a meal of franks and beans. Chislett says $10.25/hr just isn’t enough anymore.
“In the past, minimum wage jobs have been kind of entry level jobs. It was something people did maybe as part-time,” says Chislett. “Increasingly though, especially in Windsor where there’s so little decent work with good wages, it’s imperative that it’s raised because people are raising their families on minimum wage; it’s not an entry level job, it’s not a stepping stone to something higher.”
A number of groups are part of the campaign to raise the minimum wage and held protests or demonstrations throughout the province on Saturday. The province’s minimum wage advisory panel is in the middle of getting public feedback before reporting back to the legislation. The panel is scheduled to be in Windsor on October 24.