National Houshold Survey Data released yesterday reveals that Ontario has 2 of the 3 urban centres with the lowest share of employment income as a percentage of total income in Canada, and Peterborough is one of them. That means more of our population is on a fixed income such as a pension, disability or unemployment.
This Saturday, workers across Ontario will be turning up the heat on corporations whose lobby organizations are campaigning to keep wages low in Ontario. The Workers Action Centre organization says “Full-time minimum wage workers’ annual income falls nearly 20% below the poverty line, and it identifies Corporations with more than 500 employees as the largest source of poverty-level wages employing nearly half of all minimum wage workers in Ontario”. One of the founding members of Peterborough Workers Action Centre, Paul Brown, says along with big business, the provincial government can help small business bring their employees a minimum 14 dollar-an-hour wage as well.
Brown says on Saturday, members of his organization will be handing out information leaflets at the Tim Horton’s at Lansdowne Street and Ashburnham Drive from noon to 3pm.