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May Day in Vancouver an occasion to talk about wages

Last Updated May 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm PDT

The May Day protest on Commercial Drive (Kyle Balzer, NEWS 1130)
Summary

Marchers talk about wages and fair working conditions while making their way down Commercial Drive during May Day walk.

The need for higher wages a major theme as people marked May Day in East Vancouver Sunday.

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.