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  • Saucy Face
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Newife Girl says: To Saucy Face:

    You must definately be one of the ones sitting home on their a$$, while the people making the minimum wage are paying your welfare.

    Are you on drugs or just plain stupid Newfie Girl? If you actually read my comments instead of mouthing off, you would realise that I made it VERY clear that I am AGAINST those BUSINESS PEOPLE who object to raising the minumum wage.

    Now as for me you idiot, not that it is any of your business, but I am a retired PRIVATE INDUSTRY worker who NEVER took a one red cent from the government from welfare, UIC or government grant during my 50 years of hard honest work. Got that Newfie girl?
    So blow it out your ear!

  • TONY
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    GREED!!!REMEMBER WHEN OUR MP MS. COADY WAS TOP DOG OF THE BOARD OF TRADE! OUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY CANNOT REALLY AFFORD A 10 CENT PER HOUR INCREASE TO THE MINIMUM WAGE!! REMEMBER!!!!! REMEMBER!!! WHAT A JOETTE PERSON FOR THE PEOPLE!! OH BY THE WAY, ALL LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE HIREING EXTRA STAF THIS YEAR. BLUFF AND GREED - EMPLOYERS COUNCIL AND THE BOARD OF TRADE. PUT THE WORKER DOWN, TIME AND TIME AGAIN! GREED IS WHY THIS VIBRANT ECONOMY IS NOT MAKING EVERYONE EAT FROM THE SAME PIECE OF PIE!!

  • Brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    To Newfie Girl, did you even bother to read what Saucy Face said before you jumped all over him? Obviously not. Seems to me that an apology from you is warranted but judging by your ridiculous attack on him, I doubt that you have the class for that.

  • Ron
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    If you can't afford to pay an employee the minimum wage you got no buisness owning a buisness.All they usually do is just raise their prices anyhow.

  • Newfie Guy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    This is to Newfie Gal. I'm thinking you completely read what Saucy Face said completely wrong. He is defending the workers, not the companies. He meant the businesses are always complaining about every increase. Before you comment on anything, make sure you read the statement first and then reread it.

    Also, if your making $10 an hr, and it's a full time job, you'd make $1600 before taxes during the run of 4 weeks.

    I do agree it's not fair that welfare people get everything handed to them, while people like myself and Saucy Face had to work for what we got. That's a different story for a different day though.

    The problem is they need to make sure other things are done for workers. Raises should be more forced and it should be guaranteed raised, not these types of raises where people have ot basically be the single greatest employee of all time to earn one. If minimum wage goes up, all wages go up 50 cents an hr. Regardless what it is. I don't care if it's 6 figure either simply because it wont make a lick of difference to them anyways. But for all people it should go up.

    The thing with enforcing mandatory raises are such that there are places that if you don't meet their criteria, it will never go up. The best part is those are the major slave drivers too. Call centers, fast food places, and stuff like that. It's pathetic.

  • dee gee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    To Ann . Iam not an employer I am a working stiff who's now trying to make a living like everyone else with the rising cost of everything and I don't work in the oil secter . I'm above min. wage but not alot. We need a solution . If you're going to raise the min. wage then be prepared to pay more for a loaf of bread and a carton of milk, just two examples.

  • Saucy Face
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Boo Friggetty Hoo to these miserly SOBS!!

    I remember when the minimum wage was only $5.00 an hour and this same group made the same 'The sky is falling' complaint then and they've compalained about every miserable little 25cent an hour increase since.

    It's always been the way of the Newfoundland employers; be lucky you have a job.. Guess what boys and girls! That day is gone, so get over it!

  • Karl Marx
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    The position of the people you criticise for being on social assistance, Newfie Girl, comprises the ''army of surplus labour'' that makes it possible for your employer to pay you such a miserly wage. Simply put: supply and demand. There are not enough jobs for everyone and if there were, employers would be in a position of having to pay living salaries. Try it yourself, Newfie Girl. Go to your boss, and ask for a raise and the introduction of some basic benefits; then you'll be the one on your ''a$$.'' To your employer, youre both as useful to him/her as you are disposable.

  • R
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    It cracks me up how the lazy bunch on welfare complain about not having enough money to pay bills but got a computer and internet! Now as for raising the minimum wage what about us Government employees who aren't making much more than the minimum wage and have to pay off student loans? When are we going to start making some BIG MONEY????

  • TJ
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    all you people do is talk about money, it doesn't matter how much anyone makes they want more. you have people making millions if not billions a year and still manage to go broke. You have people on welfare and have more then the average working Joe. Most average working Joes spend more then they have, which is why the economy is like it is. All people want is the BIG BUCKS the more you make the more companies will charge for a product. Houseing for example has gone up to retared amounts, i still to this day dont understand how the so many people can afford 300K + houses. Money is EVIL! it causes people to do crazy things. Be glad for what you have and if you really want to have more in life you have to work your #$% off for it, go to school and get the best education you can get.

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    People regardless if wages go up or not, the cost of living will go up, it is called inflation. People paying minimum wage don't own viable businesses and are robbing people for labor. Why don't some of you business owners try living on $10 per hour. We are the lowest paid, highest taxed province in the country, why should we settle for less? If you can't afford to pay more than minimum wage then here is a tip, find a new career because it is obvious this one isn't working.

  • k..
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    These people have got to be kidding me, how in the world do they expect people to live off $10 an hour? Newfoundland may now hold the highest minimum wage but thats because most jobs in other provinces dont pay minimum wage anyway so people probably dont fuss about it. As for people quitting without notice, its usually the same businesses that this happens to often, I understand it happens everywhere, but if you look at the businesses that complain about it the most and the ones that it happens to the most, these are jobs that people have no other choice to take because they need to support themselves and possibly a family as well. Jobs like Tim Hortons and McDonalds, seriously who would want to work at job like that? A place that treats you like garbage? Its really no wonder why people quit these jobs and the employers should NOT expect the employees to stay there once they have found something better. Jobs like that are sh*tty in general, but when you have bosses that treat you like crap its not worth it. Anyway, if jobs are only gonna pay minimum wage then it needs to go up, maybe people on welfare would want to get out and work if it was gonna be worth it for them, a lot of people abuse the system, thats a given, but there are people on it who do need it because if they worked they wouldnt make enough to support theirselves. Its time to wake up people and realize its not the businesses who suffer the most, its the employees. Good luck to everyone.

  • Ann
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    dee gee from NL writes: Sometimes I wonder if raising the min. wage is the answer?

    Spoken like a true blue Newfoundland employer.

  • arnold
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    This 'catch 22' scenerio is not a good example because the increase in consumer prices doesn't occur that quickly. The hourly rates are going up quicker than the cost of living. As long as everyone keeps getting timely raises, we all live the same lifestyle without being left behind. But if more and more folks on the top end of the pay scale keep getting huge raises, then the folks on the bottom end of the pay scale will not be able to keep up. This is how the gap between the rich and the poor increases. Consumer product prices will always rise to the point the high income earners will accept before it stops because it's all about what they can get away with in terms of pricing. If Newfoundland wasn't one of the top places in the world for millionaires per capita, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but it is. I'd venture to say the glut of minimum wage workers helps create that statistic.

  • R
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    @ Newfie Girl

    Maybe my math is wrong, but @ $10.00/hr, 40 hrs/wk. Explain to me how that comes out to $800.00/mth? More like $800.00 bi-weekly, making that $1600.00/mth. Then you can take out your $40.00/wk for gas, $500.00 for rent(if you're lucky)...... so on and so forth.
    I manage to raise 2 kids and pay those bills on minimum wage. I don't know why anyone else can't do it! My kids have everything the need! There are things I do without as well, but nothing that is a necessity!

  • Anon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Who needs min wage? There's enough oil in the ground to support every newfoundlander on the island for decades too bad 90 percent of it goes to greedy transnational pyramid schemes... erm i mean companies

  • robroy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    how much time do those people want . its silly . its not like this was out of left field the employers make me think its a time to stuff their pockets on the backs of the workers

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    I think this is an excellent idea. The Premier should also ensure that the prices of goods sold by the NLEC companies do not increased and that the salaries of owners of NLEC companies don't get an increase in salary. Doesn't that sound stupid, just like Mr. Alexander. The economy is based on the stupid idea that we have to have growth so everything has to increase in cost. That is until there is nothing left to trade.

  • Barbara
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Amen Saucy Face, amen!
    By the way, I love your name LOL

  • Calvin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Missing the big picture here folks. It is great that minimum wage is being increased, people working at Walmart and McDonalds are making billions for those companies and getting nothing in return. However, when minimum wage increases so does the cost of a lot of consumer products. Housing, groceries and even fast food costs increase with a minimum wage increase. It really cancels out the wage increase when the rent on dumps in town keeps increasing because selfish landlords figure hey, people are making a little more money so we can charge a little more for rent. And do you think Sobeys is going to keep charging 89 cents a pound for bananas when the people they pay to put them on the shelves are depleting the companies profits by making more money? Gas, prescriptions, clothes... you name it and the price of items used by everyone every day increases with a minimum wage increase. If the government, both federally and provincially, want to help the families living below the poverty line they need to come up with something better than increasing someones annual wage from $19000 to $20000 by hiking minimum wage another 50 cents an hour. I dont know what the answer is, but this is not it.

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    What a joke these are the same companies that have rised there prices by 40% since this has all started. Its like gas prices we rejoice and dance in the street when it lowers by 1 cent then a week later rises by 6. Fact of the matter is that it has increase by about 45 cents in the last few years. Please employers your belly aching is falling on deaf ears.

  • Newfie Gal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    To Saucy Face:

    You must definately be one of the ones sitting home on their a$$, while the people making the minimum wage are paying your welfare. Obviously, you do not know what it is like to have to make only $10.00 an hour and have to pay out more than you take in to cover electricity, phone, rent, the car AND the gas to get to work, child care, and so on.

    At $10.00 per hour, you make about $800.00 per month (BEFORE TAXES). Take out 40 a week for gas, 500 for rent (if lucky), 250 for electric, 50 for the credit cards that you keep racked up so that you can pay the gas and electric ... what does that leave you with? More in the hole than before you started work that day! Maybe if we all follow the trend, and sit home all day on our a$$es and let the other working folk pay our way, we would have money to spare! Why not let someone else pay the rent, pay the bills, give us extra money because we fail to use condoms .... WHY NOT?

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Lemme get this straight, dee gee: you want the government to subsidize private business WHILE cutting taxes, on the threat those businesses will force the up the cost of living??? Okay, who is going to pay for this? Then again, dee gee, public subsidies have been the life blood of the so-called free-market. Socialism when necessary, but not necessarily socialism.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I'm sure if they had the power many businesses would roll back the minimum wage to $2 a hour. $10 is not a lot of money and still doesn't do much for a family if that is all the wage earners can get. I'm sure there are some businesses that would find it harder but obviously their business is not doing very well if their employees' wages are a big concern. As for labour standards, employers should be informing employees that they hire about the rules and regulations and it's easy to supply them to employees. My concern is about employers who break these rules, like not letting employees take regular breaks or taking their tips and distributing them to others that the tip wasn't intended for.

  • dee gee
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Sometimes I wonder if raising the min. wage is the answer? You raise the wage and the cost of living inreases. Therefore you are in a catch 22 situation. It would be better if, with all this oil money , the govt could subsidize min. wages to keep up with cost of everything at todays prices. I think by giving these people a tax free incentive on their tax forums would be a good start. Save them taxes on the essentials of living!

  • Brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    R from CBS you will make some big money as soon as you quit the government job and move to the mainland. There is no big money in Newfoundland, just big tax bills.

  • hester
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I make a living off the basic wage... i'm lookin forward to the extra wage increase, working 30 hours an week . Im makin do, as we say,....no union dues; no dental plan; no insurance fees;don't need any anyways; don't drink nor toke, so they aint a cost...suppose they won't leave me in a ditch when they finds me there, after i'm gone. I pity my co worker though: she has two teenage kids and working the same hours... She don't have it very good..she feels it when there is stuff at school and such....she feels her kids are walkin around with some kind of insignia attached to their shirts, because they are don't have as good as some of their friends.

  • Get Real
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    '...27 per cent of the workforce in the province has a wage that is somehow tied to the minimum wage...'

    That's a very sad statement, and shows how employers here in NL have unfairly taken advantage of the desperate job market to their advantage for decades. Yet, look around at all the wealth we see driving around on the streets and the over-abundance of new over-priced subdivisions. They'll get no pity from me to save that $0.50 x 8hrs = $4.00 per day. NL has the third lowest minimum wage in Canada with BC being the lowest at $8.00 and PEI being $8.40 so stop complaining and take it out of your 6 digit salary.

  • Saucy Face
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Newife Girl says: To Saucy Face:

    You must definately be one of the ones sitting home on their a$$, while the people making the minimum wage are paying your welfare.

    Are you on drugs or just plain stupid Newfie Girl? If you actually read my comments instead of mouthing off, you would realise that I made it VERY clear that I am AGAINST those BUSINESS PEOPLE who object to raising the minumum wage.

    Now as for me you idiot, not that it is any of your business, but I am a retired PRIVATE INDUSTRY worker who NEVER took a one red cent from the government from welfare, UIC or government grant during my 50 years of hard honest work. Got that Newfie girl?
    So blow it out your ear!

  • TONY
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    GREED!!!REMEMBER WHEN OUR MP MS. COADY WAS TOP DOG OF THE BOARD OF TRADE! OUR LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY CANNOT REALLY AFFORD A 10 CENT PER HOUR INCREASE TO THE MINIMUM WAGE!! REMEMBER!!!!! REMEMBER!!! WHAT A JOETTE PERSON FOR THE PEOPLE!! OH BY THE WAY, ALL LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE HIREING EXTRA STAF THIS YEAR. BLUFF AND GREED - EMPLOYERS COUNCIL AND THE BOARD OF TRADE. PUT THE WORKER DOWN, TIME AND TIME AGAIN! GREED IS WHY THIS VIBRANT ECONOMY IS NOT MAKING EVERYONE EAT FROM THE SAME PIECE OF PIE!!

  • Brian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    To Newfie Girl, did you even bother to read what Saucy Face said before you jumped all over him? Obviously not. Seems to me that an apology from you is warranted but judging by your ridiculous attack on him, I doubt that you have the class for that.

  • Ron
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    If you can't afford to pay an employee the minimum wage you got no buisness owning a buisness.All they usually do is just raise their prices anyhow.

  • Newfie Guy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    This is to Newfie Gal. I'm thinking you completely read what Saucy Face said completely wrong. He is defending the workers, not the companies. He meant the businesses are always complaining about every increase. Before you comment on anything, make sure you read the statement first and then reread it.

    Also, if your making $10 an hr, and it's a full time job, you'd make $1600 before taxes during the run of 4 weeks.

    I do agree it's not fair that welfare people get everything handed to them, while people like myself and Saucy Face had to work for what we got. That's a different story for a different day though.

    The problem is they need to make sure other things are done for workers. Raises should be more forced and it should be guaranteed raised, not these types of raises where people have ot basically be the single greatest employee of all time to earn one. If minimum wage goes up, all wages go up 50 cents an hr. Regardless what it is. I don't care if it's 6 figure either simply because it wont make a lick of difference to them anyways. But for all people it should go up.

    The thing with enforcing mandatory raises are such that there are places that if you don't meet their criteria, it will never go up. The best part is those are the major slave drivers too. Call centers, fast food places, and stuff like that. It's pathetic.

  • dee gee
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    To Ann . Iam not an employer I am a working stiff who's now trying to make a living like everyone else with the rising cost of everything and I don't work in the oil secter . I'm above min. wage but not alot. We need a solution . If you're going to raise the min. wage then be prepared to pay more for a loaf of bread and a carton of milk, just two examples.

  • Saucy Face
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Boo Friggetty Hoo to these miserly SOBS!!

    I remember when the minimum wage was only $5.00 an hour and this same group made the same 'The sky is falling' complaint then and they've compalained about every miserable little 25cent an hour increase since.

    It's always been the way of the Newfoundland employers; be lucky you have a job.. Guess what boys and girls! That day is gone, so get over it!

  • Karl Marx
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    The position of the people you criticise for being on social assistance, Newfie Girl, comprises the ''army of surplus labour'' that makes it possible for your employer to pay you such a miserly wage. Simply put: supply and demand. There are not enough jobs for everyone and if there were, employers would be in a position of having to pay living salaries. Try it yourself, Newfie Girl. Go to your boss, and ask for a raise and the introduction of some basic benefits; then you'll be the one on your ''a$$.'' To your employer, youre both as useful to him/her as you are disposable.

  • R
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    It cracks me up how the lazy bunch on welfare complain about not having enough money to pay bills but got a computer and internet! Now as for raising the minimum wage what about us Government employees who aren't making much more than the minimum wage and have to pay off student loans? When are we going to start making some BIG MONEY????

  • TJ
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    all you people do is talk about money, it doesn't matter how much anyone makes they want more. you have people making millions if not billions a year and still manage to go broke. You have people on welfare and have more then the average working Joe. Most average working Joes spend more then they have, which is why the economy is like it is. All people want is the BIG BUCKS the more you make the more companies will charge for a product. Houseing for example has gone up to retared amounts, i still to this day dont understand how the so many people can afford 300K + houses. Money is EVIL! it causes people to do crazy things. Be glad for what you have and if you really want to have more in life you have to work your #$% off for it, go to school and get the best education you can get.

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    People regardless if wages go up or not, the cost of living will go up, it is called inflation. People paying minimum wage don't own viable businesses and are robbing people for labor. Why don't some of you business owners try living on $10 per hour. We are the lowest paid, highest taxed province in the country, why should we settle for less? If you can't afford to pay more than minimum wage then here is a tip, find a new career because it is obvious this one isn't working.

  • k..
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    These people have got to be kidding me, how in the world do they expect people to live off $10 an hour? Newfoundland may now hold the highest minimum wage but thats because most jobs in other provinces dont pay minimum wage anyway so people probably dont fuss about it. As for people quitting without notice, its usually the same businesses that this happens to often, I understand it happens everywhere, but if you look at the businesses that complain about it the most and the ones that it happens to the most, these are jobs that people have no other choice to take because they need to support themselves and possibly a family as well. Jobs like Tim Hortons and McDonalds, seriously who would want to work at job like that? A place that treats you like garbage? Its really no wonder why people quit these jobs and the employers should NOT expect the employees to stay there once they have found something better. Jobs like that are sh*tty in general, but when you have bosses that treat you like crap its not worth it. Anyway, if jobs are only gonna pay minimum wage then it needs to go up, maybe people on welfare would want to get out and work if it was gonna be worth it for them, a lot of people abuse the system, thats a given, but there are people on it who do need it because if they worked they wouldnt make enough to support theirselves. Its time to wake up people and realize its not the businesses who suffer the most, its the employees. Good luck to everyone.

  • Ann
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    dee gee from NL writes: Sometimes I wonder if raising the min. wage is the answer?

    Spoken like a true blue Newfoundland employer.

  • arnold
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    This 'catch 22' scenerio is not a good example because the increase in consumer prices doesn't occur that quickly. The hourly rates are going up quicker than the cost of living. As long as everyone keeps getting timely raises, we all live the same lifestyle without being left behind. But if more and more folks on the top end of the pay scale keep getting huge raises, then the folks on the bottom end of the pay scale will not be able to keep up. This is how the gap between the rich and the poor increases. Consumer product prices will always rise to the point the high income earners will accept before it stops because it's all about what they can get away with in terms of pricing. If Newfoundland wasn't one of the top places in the world for millionaires per capita, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but it is. I'd venture to say the glut of minimum wage workers helps create that statistic.

  • R
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    @ Newfie Girl

    Maybe my math is wrong, but @ $10.00/hr, 40 hrs/wk. Explain to me how that comes out to $800.00/mth? More like $800.00 bi-weekly, making that $1600.00/mth. Then you can take out your $40.00/wk for gas, $500.00 for rent(if you're lucky)...... so on and so forth.
    I manage to raise 2 kids and pay those bills on minimum wage. I don't know why anyone else can't do it! My kids have everything the need! There are things I do without as well, but nothing that is a necessity!

  • Anon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Who needs min wage? There's enough oil in the ground to support every newfoundlander on the island for decades too bad 90 percent of it goes to greedy transnational pyramid schemes... erm i mean companies

  • robroy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    how much time do those people want . its silly . its not like this was out of left field the employers make me think its a time to stuff their pockets on the backs of the workers

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    I think this is an excellent idea. The Premier should also ensure that the prices of goods sold by the NLEC companies do not increased and that the salaries of owners of NLEC companies don't get an increase in salary. Doesn't that sound stupid, just like Mr. Alexander. The economy is based on the stupid idea that we have to have growth so everything has to increase in cost. That is until there is nothing left to trade.

  • Barbara
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Amen Saucy Face, amen!
    By the way, I love your name LOL

  • Calvin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Missing the big picture here folks. It is great that minimum wage is being increased, people working at Walmart and McDonalds are making billions for those companies and getting nothing in return. However, when minimum wage increases so does the cost of a lot of consumer products. Housing, groceries and even fast food costs increase with a minimum wage increase. It really cancels out the wage increase when the rent on dumps in town keeps increasing because selfish landlords figure hey, people are making a little more money so we can charge a little more for rent. And do you think Sobeys is going to keep charging 89 cents a pound for bananas when the people they pay to put them on the shelves are depleting the companies profits by making more money? Gas, prescriptions, clothes... you name it and the price of items used by everyone every day increases with a minimum wage increase. If the government, both federally and provincially, want to help the families living below the poverty line they need to come up with something better than increasing someones annual wage from $19000 to $20000 by hiking minimum wage another 50 cents an hour. I dont know what the answer is, but this is not it.

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    What a joke these are the same companies that have rised there prices by 40% since this has all started. Its like gas prices we rejoice and dance in the street when it lowers by 1 cent then a week later rises by 6. Fact of the matter is that it has increase by about 45 cents in the last few years. Please employers your belly aching is falling on deaf ears.

  • Newfie Gal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    To Saucy Face:

    You must definately be one of the ones sitting home on their a$$, while the people making the minimum wage are paying your welfare. Obviously, you do not know what it is like to have to make only $10.00 an hour and have to pay out more than you take in to cover electricity, phone, rent, the car AND the gas to get to work, child care, and so on.

    At $10.00 per hour, you make about $800.00 per month (BEFORE TAXES). Take out 40 a week for gas, 500 for rent (if lucky), 250 for electric, 50 for the credit cards that you keep racked up so that you can pay the gas and electric ... what does that leave you with? More in the hole than before you started work that day! Maybe if we all follow the trend, and sit home all day on our a$$es and let the other working folk pay our way, we would have money to spare! Why not let someone else pay the rent, pay the bills, give us extra money because we fail to use condoms .... WHY NOT?

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Lemme get this straight, dee gee: you want the government to subsidize private business WHILE cutting taxes, on the threat those businesses will force the up the cost of living??? Okay, who is going to pay for this? Then again, dee gee, public subsidies have been the life blood of the so-called free-market. Socialism when necessary, but not necessarily socialism.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I'm sure if they had the power many businesses would roll back the minimum wage to $2 a hour. $10 is not a lot of money and still doesn't do much for a family if that is all the wage earners can get. I'm sure there are some businesses that would find it harder but obviously their business is not doing very well if their employees' wages are a big concern. As for labour standards, employers should be informing employees that they hire about the rules and regulations and it's easy to supply them to employees. My concern is about employers who break these rules, like not letting employees take regular breaks or taking their tips and distributing them to others that the tip wasn't intended for.

  • dee gee
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Sometimes I wonder if raising the min. wage is the answer? You raise the wage and the cost of living inreases. Therefore you are in a catch 22 situation. It would be better if, with all this oil money , the govt could subsidize min. wages to keep up with cost of everything at todays prices. I think by giving these people a tax free incentive on their tax forums would be a good start. Save them taxes on the essentials of living!

  • Brad
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    R from CBS you will make some big money as soon as you quit the government job and move to the mainland. There is no big money in Newfoundland, just big tax bills.

  • hester
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I make a living off the basic wage... i'm lookin forward to the extra wage increase, working 30 hours an week . Im makin do, as we say,....no union dues; no dental plan; no insurance fees;don't need any anyways; don't drink nor toke, so they aint a cost...suppose they won't leave me in a ditch when they finds me there, after i'm gone. I pity my co worker though: she has two teenage kids and working the same hours... She don't have it very good..she feels it when there is stuff at school and such....she feels her kids are walkin around with some kind of insignia attached to their shirts, because they are don't have as good as some of their friends.

  • Get Real
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    '...27 per cent of the workforce in the province has a wage that is somehow tied to the minimum wage...'

    That's a very sad statement, and shows how employers here in NL have unfairly taken advantage of the desperate job market to their advantage for decades. Yet, look around at all the wealth we see driving around on the streets and the over-abundance of new over-priced subdivisions. They'll get no pity from me to save that $0.50 x 8hrs = $4.00 per day. NL has the third lowest minimum wage in Canada with BC being the lowest at $8.00 and PEI being $8.40 so stop complaining and take it out of your 6 digit salary.