Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Halifax rally to be held in solidarity with Ontario workers

Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers' benefits and breaks after the province rais Tim Hortons' response to minimum wage hikes sparks series of protests
Nellie Chapman | 20 January, 2018, 06:38

"If there was a union steward in here (Tim Hortons) when they hear a issue, they would call it in and it would get resolved - 99 per cent of the time amicably".

The information pickets are in response to a Tim Hortons location in Coburg that was clawing back workers benefits, paid breaks and other perks.

"In 2018 people are anxious about getting fired".

Ontario's minimum wage rose on January 1 to $14 an hour from $11.60. In fact, he said Tim Hortons raised the price of its menu items a year ago in anticipation of the wage hike. "We're not just here for unionized workers, we're here for everyone".

Johnson said the corporation can make sure franchise owners respect the spirit of Ontario's new labour laws.

The individual who revealed the information mentioned, "The only person to blame for these changes is the one who made them ... and the one who doesn't think we are deserving of this pay wage". At some Tim Hortons people are having to buy their own uniforms.

"I'm just here to support the workers", said Elizabeth Ha, vice-president of the Ontario Federation of Labour (Workers of Colour).

The employee to reveal the inside news said, "I can not say for certain that it has in fact convinced [employees] to blame Wynne, or turned them away from [the] Liberals, but that's certainly the intent of the letter, and I'm sure seeds have definitely been planted because of it".

"That an employer would try to penalize them for getting a slight increase in their wages is ridiculous", she said, explaining labour, under the banner Fight for $15 and Fairness, worked hard to pressure the province to boost the minimum wage.

Their statement also said their our franchise owners have found the sudden transition challenging and are committed to helping them work through these changes.

Roughly 50 protests against Tim Hortons are set to take place across the country, including one here in Halifax.

Ontario's premier is double-doubling down on her criticism of Tim Hortons franchisees who cut worker benefits amid the province's minimum wage hike, saying a couple that own a trio of coffee shops east of Toronto shouldn't use employees as pawns to push back against her government's actions.