No more server wage

Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced today he will phase out B.C.’s lower minimum wage for liquor servers and several types of live-in positions.

As part of its commitment to instituting a $15 minimum wage in B.C., the provincial government formed a Fair Wages Commission to study the issue. Last month, that commission recommended getting rid of the lower hourly rate the law allows employers to pay some types of workers.

Following the path laid out in the commission’s report, Bains said the government will start in June gradually increasing the minimum wage for liquor servers, live-in camp leaders, and live-in home support workers—eventually bringing them up to $15.20 per hour, by 2021.

However, when it came to piece-rate farm workers (who get paid based on how much they harvest), Bains ignored the commission’s recommendation to scrap the system, and delayed a wage increase until next year.

For more on why Bains said he wanted to take a "moderate and reasonable approach" to the piece-rate system, as well as why local farmers say the current system is actually better for workers, check out the full story on Castanet's sister business news website, Okanagan Edge.

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