Letter: When it comes to minimum wage, we need a better system

Kelowna letter-writer says the system is broken

To the editor:

While I do of course support swift action to reduce poverty, I do not support the increase to the minimum wage.

Blindly raising the minimum wage does not help the problem, it only makes it worse, especially for people like me.

I am a red seal chef. I went to culinary school in B.C. and have worked in Kelowna restaurants and catering for over eight years.

I make less than a dollar more than the proposed minimum wage.

When the minimum wage is increased, kids in high school who have never gone to secondary school, never worked before, will be making the same amount as me. What incentive will employers have to raise my wage? They already have to raise the wages of part-time dishwashers and servers.

When this wage increase happens, I will be making minimum wage. The cost of goods and services will rise, and I will still be sharing a rented studio apartment with my partner who is also in the trades.

So why would I support this?

I know a blanket solution is an easy and fast way to make it look like change is being effected, but to extend the metaphor, it is merely a cover-up of an underlying problem.

The solution, while a bit more complex, is clear to me and everyone I talk to about this issue.

We have tax brackets for people who make different amounts. We keep track of how long people work and for how much, for E.I. purposes.

When I worked for Extra Foods in high school, (now Independent) they started everyone at the same amount, and gave raises at regular intervals of hours worked.

We need a system where workers are entitled to per cent raises after a certain number of hours worked. We raise rent, gas, and groceries by x per cent every year. When does my wage ever go up x per cent?

It’s too bad that this increase is just for appearances, and not to instill actual change. If a mere chef like me can figure out a more fair solution, I’m sure their “research teams” could have too.

Alyssa Campbell, Kelowna

Just Posted

Wrestlers invade Kelowna and Vernon

Wrestling events this weekend benefit numerous Okanagan charities

Kelowna gallery exhibition features relic-like art

Immaculate Deception, by Penticton artist Johann Wessels, will be displayed until July

Blood donations saved Kelowna boy’s life

Cancer survivor Carter Milaney received multiple blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant

Kelowna RCMP apprehend suspect in downtown bank robbery

The suspect faces potential criminal charges after the Bank of Nova Scotia was robbed Monday.

Study to be conducted for B.C. wine centre

The feasibility study will involve stakeholder engagement with wineries throughout B.C.

Peppa Pig draws a crowd

Okanagan toddlers squirming with excitement over Peppa Pig

B.C.’s living wage increase curbed due to MSP cuts, child care subsidy: report

Living wage varies between $16.51 in north central B.C. to $20.91 in Metro Vancouver

Penticton Speedway cleaning up landslide

Owner Johnny Aantjes expects the slide to be cleaned up in time for the next race on Sunday

New acts join Roots and Blues Festival lineup

An eclectic mix of musicians added to Salmon Arm’s slate

Fighting racism is society’s job

BC Hockey’s plan to provide an education package makes a good first step

Proclaimers walk through the Okanagan

The Proclaimers play Vernon Sept. 11. Tickets on sale now through the Ticket Seller

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Most Read