‘Minimum wage bully hotline’ launched in Ottawa

‘Minimum wage bully hotline’ launched in Ottawa

‘Minimum wage bully hotline’ launched in Ottawa Following corporate disruption and uncertainty over the recent minimum wage increase, Ottawa has launched a hotline for workers who feel they are being “bullied” by their employers.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council has created a hotline which could publicly shame business who are cutting staff perks in response to the higher legal wage limit.

Speaking to CBC, Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC), labelled the practice “just plain wrong”.

"If the public is aware that a particular restaurant or store or other business in our city has taken away benefits or holidays or breaks on workers, we think they should know," added McKenny, "and then they can decide whether or not they want to continue to visit that restaurant, to go to that business.

"It'll be up to them."

He described the new launch as a "minimum wage bully hotline", which will act as a soundboard for disgruntled employees.

Earlier this month, Jeri Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr. wrote a letter to employees at their two Tim Hortons restaurants in Cobourg, writing that those who want to continue receiving dental and health benefits will have to pay a portion of the plan's costs themselves.

In response, Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, described the move as a “clear act of bullying”.

Wynne went on to say: “When I read the reports about Ron Joyce, Jr., who is a man whose family founded Tim Hortons, the chain was sold for billions of dollars, and when I read how he was treating his employees, it just felt to me like this was a pretty clear act of bullying.”

“I hope that he understands this is really not a decent thing to be doing in a place as wealthy as Ontario,'' she continued. “I hope he recognizes that his employees need to be treated decently.”

Read more about the controversial benefits cutting, here.

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