| March 13, 2014
Jim Sinclair, President of the BC Federation of Labour has taken to the airwaves to garner support for increasing the minimum wage to $13. A modest goal that if accomplished would lift thousands of workers out of poverty, a right move no doubt. In the same vein however, Sinclair and other labour leaders are calling for the elimination of the TFW workers program. Excluding temporary foreign workers from Canada will not ensure decent work or decent lives for anyone. What is needed is progressive legislation, proactive enforcement and creating mechanisms where all workers can enforce their rights rather than simply excluding the most vulnerable workers.