Most people would agree that it’s hard to survive on just the minimum wage. Upon a closer look, figures make room for hard working, but low earning, troubled people.
For the last two years, Brady Taylor made between 8 dollars and 10 dollars per hour. He was taking anything he could get from three temporary agencies.
As he could not find a full-time job, he was pressured into accepting anything he got: a gig at a construction site from Port Coquitlam, a warehouse in North Vancouver, and so on.
Brady says this makes his life very stressing. He has to deal with the lack of job security. It’s hard to deal with not having a steady place to work.
Since then, the 25-year-old Taylor started moving up the labor ladder. Now, he works for a party and event company, as a delivery person. He earns fifteen dollars per hour.
He still has to live with his 83-year-old grandfather in a small apartment in Burnaby. His grandad pays the 875 dollar rent out of the pension and Taylor pays the bills for utilities and does the groceries. He also has to pay his student loans.
Now, he’s better off than many who are living on minimum wage. But he sympathizes with them.
He says he’d been working for less than 15 dollars for a long time. He still remembers how hard it was to make ends meet.
The minimum wage in B.C. is going to increase by 40 cents an hour, to keep up with inflation. However, many labor groups believe the increase does not suffice. They want a fifteen dollars’ hourly wage for the lowest income workers in Canada’s expensive and otherwise prosperous region.
In America, the situation is slightly different for those living on minimum wage. Following the decrease in unemployment, and increased competition between companies, some employers have raised the minimum wage.
Many big employers received bad press about the way they reward their employees. Wal-Mart was the first big company to raise the minimum wage to at least 10 dollars an hour.
However, other sectors of skilled labor are better off. Competition to get workers has pushed medical companies, business corporations and the technology and sales industry to increase wages by between 6 and 15 percent.
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