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Kelowna  

Wage boost 'needed now'

Madison Erhardt

The provincial Fair Wages Commission met in Kelowna Tuesday to gather feedback on the NDP's commitment to raise B.C.'s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Commissioners listened to the experiences of minimum wage earners and their advocates. 

"We need to establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour by January 2019. I ask that there is one minimum wage for all workers, and that the commission would stick around after the process is done so that they would continue to advise," said Christine Mettler, of the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Mettler says the recent 50-cent increase in September to $11.35 an hour is not enough.

"Housing and other costs of living have gone up, and workers want this now," she said. "We realize employers will need sometime to adjust."

If you didn't make it to the public meeting, you can still make a submission to the commission by emailing [email protected] 

A commission report is expected by the end of the year. Input will be accepted until Dec. 7. 

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