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Demo planned for Waterloo Square to protest Minimum Wage

A poverty group has organized a protest for Waterloo Square at noon tomorrow to fight for HIGHER minimum wage

The Alliance Against Poverty is taking part in the day of action called “The Fight for $15 and Fairness Campaign.”

Just a month after minimum wage was increased, they’re calling on the federal government to change minimum wage again to $15 an hour.

“A minimum range in the range of $11 or $11.25 still puts workers, full-time workers, so that’s 35 hours a week year-long, that still puts them about 15 percent below the poverty line” says Brayden McNeill, spokesperson with Alliance Against Poverty.

McNeill adds that minimum wage should be linked to the poverty line to ensure people can afford the necessities in life.

Join us for a rally outside at the Waterloo Town Square as we as we fight for $15 and Fairness.

We want: A $15 minimum wage with no exemptions for any worker Decent hours that we can live on Paid sick days Respect at work Rules that protect everyone WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 12:00pm to 1:00pm WHERE: Waterloo Town Square, 75 King St South, Waterloo Through province-wide organizing, the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage made major gains winning an increase to the minimum wage and indexation to inflation in 2014. But we know that workers need more than that to be lifted out of poverty, have decent jobs and live healthy lives. So we're taking our fight to the next level and launching the Fight for $15 and Fairness! Our fight is part of a larger movement that is gaining momentum across North America. April 15 is a global day of action in the Fight for $15. Workers will be walking off the job in over 100 US cities, with solidarity actions in 40 countries around the world. Community and labour groups across Ontario are organizing actions for $15 and fairness. Join us at the Waterloo Town square to hear speakers including representatives from the Waterloo Region Labour Council and the AAP - Alliance Against Poverty.