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Tim Hortons' response to minimum wage hikes sparks series of protests

21 January 2018, 12:30 | Ruby West

Protests Set For Friday At Tim's Locations.

Tim Hortons' response to minimum wage hikes sparks series of protests

Other cities involved in the protest included Calgary, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Vancouver and two other cities in British Columbia.

Friday's pickets, which were planned for cities across the country, came after similar demonstrations earlier this month at 16 Tim Hortons restaurants in Ontario.

"We want to raise awareness of folks in the community about what a $15 minimum wage would mean for our community", said MacNeil.

A National Day of Action today in support of some Ontario Tim Hortons employees who have seen their benefits and breaks slashed since the Ontario government raised the minimum wage.

The report says a letter from franchise owners blames the province's increased minimum wage for the cuts and encourages employees to let Wynne know that they will not vote Liberal in this year's election.

Coates said an unofficial group of franchisees has been circulating ways to mitigate the minimum-wage increase through cuts to workers.

"Where this used to be a 24-hour Tim Hortons, and in fact it was used as a refuge and warm-up station for the homeless population around MacDonnell Street, now it's going to be closed at 11 p.m. and open at 5 a.m".

Vice President of the Grey Bruce Labour council, Dave Trumble says they are not targeting the local Tim Hortons outlet, but are using it because of the access the protesters have to the public without being on the businesses property.

A receptionist at J.E. Agnew Food Services Ltd., which owns the Princess and MacDonnell location as well as 15 other franchises in the Kingston area, referred all media enquiries to Tim Hortons corporate media relations. "They're taking away their paid breaks, they're taking away perks, they're making them pay more for their benefits".

The Whig was unable to confirm if the franchisee's employee policies were still in effect after January 1. Giroux also maintained his belief that the minimum wage increase will positive for the economy in the long-run.

Johnson said the corporation can make sure franchise owners respect the spirit of Ontario's new labour laws.

"First of all, this shouldn't happen anywhere", said Larry Hubich, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

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