Annual Holidays & Minimum Wage

MEDIA RELEASE – MONDAY APRIL 10, 2017

SUPPORTING FAMILY CONNECTION TIME & MINIMUM FAMILY WAGES 

  • MAKING EASTER MONDAY A PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR ALL BC WORKERS – NOT JUST GOVERNMENT WORKERS
  • FOUR WEEKS LEAVE (20 WORK DAYS) FOR ALL WORKERS (PRO-RATA FOR PART-TIME EMPLOYEES)
  • MOVING TOWARDS A $15 MINIMUM WAGE FOR ALL BC WORKERS

In a rather timely Easter announcement, the Leader of the BC Citizens First Party, Mr. Phillip Ryan, today pledged to make Easter Monday next year an ongoing public holiday for all BC citizens and not just the sole prerogative of BC government employees. “If an extended public holiday can be provided to government employees who are paid by our taxes, then as BC Citizens we should be entitled to exactly the same holiday” said Mr. Ryan.


In announcing his party’s policies to support family connection and economic survivability Mr. Ryan also added that his party would be amending annual holidays so that all BC workers became entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks annual leave i.e. 20 work days (pro-rata for part time employees).


He also said that his party would be lifting Minimum Wages for all workers, up from their current indecent level of $10.85 per hour to $15 per hour in a phased approach over a 2 year period similar to that being adopted by the Government of Alberta.


1. EASTER MONDAY TO BE DECLARED A  PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR ALL BC EMPLOYEES: Currently Easter Monday is a reserved privileged statutory holiday for only BC government employees. We believe that this is discriminatory and it will be made statutory holiday for all BC employees.

2. FOUR WEEKS LEAVE (20 WORK DAYS) WILL BE LEGISLATED FOR ALL BC WORKERS: We will be introducing a guaranteed minimum of 4 weeks annual holiday leave (20 work days) for all employees irrespective of their age or tenure. Pro-rate annual leave will be required for permanent part-time employees i.e. 2 weeks minimum annual leave for employees working 50% of a full week over a year.

3. REASONABLE MINIMUM WAGES TO MATCH REASONABLE HOUSING COSTS: In order to support a family’s basic needs and also housing affordability we believe the minimum wage in BC should be lifted to $15 per hour in a phased approach essentially equivalent in graduated steps similar to that currently being adopted by the Government of Alberta. That is from $10.85 per hour presently to $12.25 per hour immediately, then to $13.60 per hour in 12 months time, and $15 per hour the following year.  It is an insult to BC minimum wage workers for the current BC government to offer a 40 cents per hour increase in the minimum wage to 500,000 BC citizens in September last year.  At the time of this offer BC had the lowest wage in Canada for what is the most expensive province to live in Canada. 

4. WE WILL ALSO REQUIRE ALL BC EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE THESE MINIMUM WAGE RATES  TO ALL EMPLOYEES with no exceptions. Currently liquor servers currently receive only $9.60 per hour which is below the standard minimum wage in BC.

Mr. Ryan said his party’s  wages and holidays policies aimed to reduce the stress placed on BC Citizens who are currently living paycheck to paycheck, work hard often at two jobs to try and make ends meet,  and still find themselves unable to spend sufficient quality time with their families each year.

“These wages and holiday policies are more important to the people of BC than the BC Liberals who seem to think it is far more important to focus on the elimination of compulsory high heels in restaurants“ said Mr. Ryan


Contact Party Leader: Phillip Ryan, Cell: 604-355-4069, p.ryan@bccitizensfirst.ca


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