Students demand repeal of “first job” wage

“Six bucks sucks” is new campaign slogan
||Last Updated: 07/21/2003

B.C.’s college and university students want to get rid of the government’s new “first job” rate. They say that forcing them to work for $6 an hour when the minimum wage is being raised to $8 an hour amounts to a $2 an hour wage cut.

The young people object to the fact that, until they have 500 hours of work experience, they will receive the lower wage. The government believes the first job rate will reduce youth unemployment.

However, there is no evidence that the lower rate will create jobs, say the students. They are also afraid that, as they approach the 500-hour mark, they will lose their jobs to those who are still eligible for the reduced rate.