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B.C. workers, mainly women and youth, who work in jobs that pay only minimum wage will benefit most from the B.C. Government’s recent announcement of a 15 cent per hour increase in the minimum wage to $7.15. It’s the fourth such increase since the NDP came to power in B.C. in 1992 giving B.C. the highest minimum wage in Canada.

“By raising the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, the NDP is keeping an extremely important promise to the lowest paid of B.C.’s working people,” says Barry O’Neill, President of CUPE-B.C.

“That is very important to CUPE members in B.C. and across the country. We have fought, and continue to fight, hard to bring people’s wages to a decent standard so that everyone in this country can live a decent life. And we fought hard to elect a government that agrees with that point of view and acts on it,” O’Neill added.