Minimum wage work is women’s work. That’s what we and the Single Mothers’ Alliance BC are saying in an opinion piece in today’s Province newspaper.
In BC, a single mother working full time for a full year at minimum wage earns thousands of dollars below the poverty line. In fact, she makes a mere $18,655 a year. Women make up the majority of minimum wage workers. Among minimum wage workers aged 25 to 54, 70 per cent are women.
Joining a growing movement in BC, we’re calling to raise the minimum wage to $15 from $10.25 per hour.
What do we have to lose but poverty?