BC bureaucrats get huge raise; no increase & little protection for lowest paid workers

While the BC Liberal government refuses to increase the minimum wage and protect some of the most vulnerable workers, they did decide to give senior government beaurocrats a massive pay raise -- an increase from between 20% to 43%, and up $348,600 a year. An article in the Tyee, "Working Below the Poverty Line" argues that the BC government needs to raise the minumum wage to $10 so that the 300,000 BC residents who work for less $10 per hour could benefit from a much needed raise.

The BC government has also neglected the rights of migrant and resident farm workers in BC. Although recently for the first time a group of seasonal farm workers voted to unionize on a farm in Surrey ("Foreign Farm Workers Unionize: A First in BC"), the majority of farm workers have little formal protection.