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Island NDP leader Mike Redmond
The Island’s NDP is calling on the provincial government to stop delaying action on the report of the Employment Standards Board concerning the Island’s minimum wage rate.
In November 2013, NDP Leader Mike Redmond along with NDP federal council representative Joe Byrne submitted a report to the Employment Standards Board calling for minimum wage increases, ongoing analysis of impacts of higher wages on business development and economic growth, and action towards a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) for all Islanders.
“We know the cabinet has had the report of the Employment Standards Board for well over a month now. Let’s stop delaying this,” said Redmond.
“The minimum wage has to go up to at least $10.30 right now and be increased steadily over time.
“When the legislature opens, the government and the official opposition should get straight to work on achieving livable incomes for everybody. But right now the Liberal cabinet can and should increase the minimum wage and give Islanders some relief on the high cost of living in this province.”