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Liberals leave minimum wage earners in poverty

April 1, 2016


For Immediate Release

April 1, 2016

Liberals leave minimum wage earners in poverty

(Halifax, NS) Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill is disappointed that the Liberals have once again failed low-wage workers across Nova Scotia.  Minimum wage is increasing by 10 cents on April 1st in response to changes in the cost of living, but tens of thousands of hard-working Nova Scotians will still struggle to get by on poverty wages. “Thousands of Nova Scotians go to work every day for minimum wage, they work hard, many of them full-time, but they still make poverty wages because the Liberals have done nothing to improve the minimum wage since they were elected,” says Burrill.

Nova Scotia’s weekly wages are the second lowest in the country, after PEI.   Increasing the minimum wage is one of the best ways to help lift people out of poverty.

“Alberta has started to increase its minimum wage to $15.  California has recently adopted a plan to increase minimum wage to $15.  Nova Scotia needs to stand up and say our people are worth it,” says Burrill.  “Every person in this province deserves a fair wage.”

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For more information: Emily Reid 902-476-0883 emily.reid@novascotia.ca

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