NDP labour critic David Forbes is calling on the Sask. Party government to commit to a higher standard for Saskatchewan’s workers with an indexed minimum wage that would change annually, equivalent to the change in the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI).
“The increase to minimum wage comes better late than never,” said Forbes. “The NDP toured the province asking people about working conditions for themselves and their employees and we heard that the minimum wage has to be competitive and fair. Now we’re looking for the Sask. Party to listen to Saskatchewan people and the NDP and show a commitment to an always-fair minimum wage.
“The NDP’s indexing solution takes politics out of minimum wage increases,” Forbes added. “It’s about common sense and fairness; if the cost of food, housing and transportation rises by two per cent, it makes sense that minimum wage should, too.”
Forbes observed that those earning minimum wage typically are least able to absorb cost increases in monthly necessities. Tying the minimum wage to CPI would also be predictable and fair for employers.
“We’ll count this as a small victory for Saskatchewan people, but the NDP is not done advocating for improvement,” said Forbes. “We can do better to provide stability to workers and businesses, and to make working in Saskatchewan the most attractive option for Canadians.”