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A Living Wage as a Human Right

Document type Report
Author Cornish, Mary
Date 2012 October
Pages 18
URL https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/living-wage-human-right

Abstract

In Canada, many workers do not earn a living wage because of discrimination. Women work­ers and those who are racialized, immigrant, Aboriginal, living with disabil­ities or similarly disadvantaged are all segregated into low wage job ghettoes—their work systemically devalued. Governments and employers need to deliver more equitable compensation incomes for vulnerable workers. This paper explores how we can close discriminatory pay gaps, so that this basic human right — the right to work and to earn pay free of discrimination — is realized for Canada’s low-paid workers. --Publisher's description