The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour will be holding events in Saskatoon and Regina later in November to discuss what they call “The Fight for 15” which is having the province establish a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour.
President Lori Johb says these community conversations, which go November 22 in Saskatoon and November 26 in Regina, will involve those who are affected by a low minimum wage—one that stands at just over 11 dollars an hour.
Johb says a low minimum wage affects many.
“96,000 workers earn less than $15 an hour. That is 20 percent of the Saskatchewan workforce.” Johb said. “From teenagers to students to single moms and seniors. If the minimum wage is increased to a livable amount, it will benefit all of Saskatchewan, but the move to have that happen has to be community-driven.”
Numbers show that 40 percent of all workers in Saskatchewan earning a minimum wage are between the ages of 15-19 with another 30 percent falling in the 35-64 demographic.