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Entries Tagged as 'Employment & labour'

Discussing “Just Transition” with Karen Cooling

March 30th, 2015 · · No Comments · Climate change, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

In late January, we at the CCPA came out with a paper about “just transition”—an approach that aims to minimize the impact of environmental policies on workers and communities in affected industries—for resource workers. Drawing on extensive interviews with workers in several resource industries, our report informs a strategy to ensure climate action doesn’t worsen […]

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BC minimum wage increase leaves workers in poverty

March 12th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

After close to three years of no change, the BC minimum wage was overdue for an increase. But the measly raise announced today falls far short of what is necessary. The 20c per hour increase, scheduled to come into effect on Sept 15, 2015,  amounts to a raise of just under 2% over more than 3 years. […]

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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · · 31 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare. This is estimated to put $13 million in the hands of some of the poorest British Columbians. It’s a good step forward, but it is very very small. $13 million is three hundredths of one percent of the provincial budget. […]

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3 worrisome facts about BC’s job market on the eve of Budget 2015

February 16th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

2015 marks the sixth year of BC’s recovery from the recession. But it’s been a slow and largely jobless recovery in BC. 1. BC needs 93,000 more jobs to return to our pre-recession employment rate (the proportion of working age British Columbians who have jobs). Only 71.2% of working age British Columbians have jobs today. […]

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Rethinking social protections in the age of contractors

February 14th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The job market is changing rapidly. While most workers of our parents’ generation could have reasonably expected to spend their entire working careers in permanent full-time jobs with one or two employers, today many rely on contract work or freelancing, and even regular full-time employees change jobs frequently. There are pros and cons to this shift, […]

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Who gets paid more?

January 20th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour

The Fraser Institute is really concerned that public sector employees might be making more than private sector employees. What is notable about the recent Fraser Institute report on public and private sector wages in British Columbia is that it does not seem particularly concerned with the reasons why there are variations in public and private […]

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Child care is a human right

December 11th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Human rights, Women

By Lynell and Melanie Anderson Our understanding of rights evolves along with society, yet the required and corresponding evolution in government policy in BC is stagnant. Re-establishing the Human Rights Commission, as recommended in a new report, could change this reality. We’re passionate about women’s and children’s rights, and concerned about the rights of mothers […]

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BC must provide education to foster discrimination-free workplaces and services

December 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Human rights

Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Poverty and Human Rights Centre released a report on the need for a human rights commission in British Columbia. Yes. You read that right. British Columbia has no human rights commission. It is the only province in Canada without a publicly-funded independent agency that works to […]

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BC’s Workers Need a Human Rights Commission

December 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees

Let me explain BC’s strategy for addressing discrimination. First, we ask someone to experience it. Then we ask that person to understand a complex area of law, investigate the facts and engage in a legal proceeding against their employer / landlord / service provider to enforce their rights. We ask many people to do this […]

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Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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