REALITY CHECK: Green plan doesn’t work for workers
CHARLOTTETOWN — At a time when Prince Edward Island workers face unprecedented challenges, the Green Party’s platform misses the mark.
While campaigning on a progressive image and message, Bevan-Baker’s party appears out of touch with labour issues. The Greens’ plan to raise the minimum wage to a mere $15.20 is a conservative response to a decade-old campaign.
The Greens’ record shows further evidence of being out of step with workers. Last fall, they followed the lead of the labour movement and New Democrats in calling for 10 paid sick days – but left unionized workplaces out of their legislation.
And in this election the Greens are proposing a wage grid for construction workers, a scheme that would undermine collective bargaining rights.
It’s only New Democrats who stand on the side of workers and fight for a better deal. The NDP is committed to raising the minimum wage to $17/hour while working towards a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income, introducing anti-scab legislation, stand up for gig workers, respecting collective bargaining rights, and 10 paid sick days for every single worker.
The NDP is the only opposition party with a full slate of candidates and was the first party to release its full platform.
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