VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver was one of hundreds of cities marking May Day Sunday.
In East Vancouver, union workers, socialists, and other members of the community walked down Commercial Drive in the annual march.
Many young people joined in to raise their voices about the current minimum wage.
“We need to encourage a higher wage so people like myself who make $9 an hour as a server don’t have to be worrying everyday like, ‘Am I going to make enough tips to survive?’ or ‘Am I going to make enough money to pay my rent?'” said one woman.
Despite no significant change in recent years, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger is pleading with Premier Christy Clark to improve rights and raise wages for all employees, including migrant and temporary workers, across the province.
“Those are the things we fight for and yes, it’s difficult to fight for those things when you have governments that don’t support them, but you have to keep the fight up.”
The current living wage in Vancouver sits at $20.64, according to the Living Wage for Families Campaign. The minimum wage in the province is $10.45.