The Employment Standards Board has added another week for people to provide input regarding the Yukon minimum wage.
Yukon Federation of Labour has received membership feedback about the online version of the survey.
What we heard:
- The survey welcome page is only in English, French is an option but the selection dialogue is all in English
- The survey provides a definition for Consumer Price Index (CPI), yet no other terms are defined, e.g.: Market wage rates
- The demographic information section of the survey has gated questions and responses, instead of being fully transparent
- The age brackets should be more inclusive, i.e.: there should brackets for 12 to 18, 19 to 29, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80 plus
- The wage range section should include an option for pay below the current minimum wage, and then default to the “other” field for the dollar amount
- Impacts on employers’ costs and business viability – An employer who can’t support a decent wage either becomes their own employee or doesn’t run a business
- Market wage rates – Presumably this refers to different wages per employment sector, a practice which promotes inequality and runs counter to why minimum wage was first created
- Parity with other jurisdictions – Define jurisdictions, or let’s assume this refers to the progressive provinces which have already committed to $15/hour
Overall, YFL is disappointed with this survey and will be putting the following questions before the Employment Standards Board:
- As a known labour stakeholder, why wasn’t YFL approached for input on the survey design?
- Why is there no mention of a living wage, when the discriminatory “market wage rates” section is included?
- Why wasn’t there a Yukon government press release or news release about the survey?
- Why isn’t the survey available through the new Yukon government website? It’s currently only posted on the old Yukon government website.
If public and stakeholder input truly is a priority, Yukon Federation of Labour would expect a public press/news release, prominent placement on the new Yukon government website, and, an opportunity to partner in the creation of a minimum wage survey, instead of learning about it after it has launched.
The Employment Standards Board is reviewing Yukon’s minimum wage at the request of the Government of Yukon.
The deadline has been extended to July 15 for the general public to provide their feedback through an online survey. Yukon labour groups, business organizations, and other stakeholders are invited to provide their written feedback about potential impacts on employees and the business community.
The online survey can be accessed until midnight on July 15.
For more information, please contact Employment Standards at 667-5944 or toll free 1-800-661-0408 local 5944 or firstname.lastname@example.org