Wynne says Tim Hortons workers shouldn't be used as pawns
- Author: Kelly Blake Jan 21, 2018,
Jan 21, 2018, 0:30
"This is just one slice of the hard decisions that Ontario business owners are having to face", she said.
In response to this bill, The Holmans (owners of the Tim Hortons) reacted by cutting down the employee benefits such as free warm beverages during work hours, paid breaks and leaves and also cut back a substantial amount from the health benefit coverage, as told by an anonymous Tim Hortons' employee in a memo they received.
Organizers behind the protest campaign, dubbed Fight for $15 and Fairness, say the demonstrations planned at specific Tim Hortons franchises on Friday were not about the franchise owners themselves, but rather to pressure the parent company.
Protesters hosted an information picket outside the chain's Lakeshore Drive location near Judge Avenue, as part of a national movement targeting parent company - Restaurant Brands International.
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"It is one thing to voice opposition to an increase in the minimum wage, but to roll back the benefits and breaks of your minimum wage employees, to offset such an increase is absolutely outrageous coming from some of the wealthiest corporations in the country", she said.
Tim Hortons has said individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws.
"It says labour is here to help everyone", she said.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the passing of the "Fair Workplaces Act' (Bill 148)". And Chirico said owners need to make adjustments, noting business isn't a not-for-profit endeavour.
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Chirico noted the chamber of commerce was never opposed to the increasing of minimum wage, but warned the government that it was being rolled out too fast.
The decision made in Ontario wasn't necessarily easy to make - but sometimes it needs to happen in order to keep a business afloat, according to Marilyn Braun-Pollon, vice president of agri-business with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
"In addition, the majority of those workers are women.All workers deserve the right to earn a decent wage".
"There was a tax cut for businesses that went along with the minimum wage increase to try to offset this", Broderick said.
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