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What’s really fair vs. not fair in wage law

To The Editor,

Let’s look at what’s unfair to who:

Not Fair: workers who are forced to work two and three jobs just to put food on the family table

Not Fair: families who cannot afford preventative dental care

Not Fair: workers who are forced to go to work sick because they cannot afford the time off with no pay, which also affects the health of their co-workers

Not Fair: working a full day and still having to go to a food bank because workers can’t afford groceries and rent

Not Fair: families who can’t afford prescription drugs to restore their health

Not Fair: families who cannot afford to send their kids to camps or play organized sports

Not Fair: companies who make billions of dollars in profit on the back of their workers by paying minimum wage, leaving taxpayers on the hook to subsidize the employees who need social assistance

Not Fair: Our governments who signed on to free trade agreements that led to the decline of the middle class, with good paying jobs exported overseas–that’s what hurts small business

Not Fair: multi-national corporations that hide their profits offshore to avoid paying the taxes they legally owe, taxes that would help fund Canada’s infrastructure and social benefits

Not Fair: students unable to afford post-secondary education who lose out on the ability to find gainful employment and become useful citizens

If the Chamber is really concerned about ‘fairness’ let’s talk about the one percent who control the world’s wealth. Let’s talk about fair trade, not free trade. Let’s talk about the corporations who pollute our environment and expect governments through the taxpayers to clean up the mess.

Let’s talk about what happens when companies receive millions in bailout money and still abandon their communities and employees. Let’s talk about the fat cat CEOs who are made richer through bonuses while their former employees are forced to work for minimum wage, if they can find jobs at all.

The suggested living wage needed to look after a family in Durham Region is $17.50 an hour.

Gord Vickers