Monday’s customary Labour Day Picnic marks the 60th anniversary of Kamloops and District Labour Council.
“Labour Day is our time to celebrate our work and the everyday victories we win to make life better for everyone,” said KDLC President Barb Nederpel. “At the KDLC, making life better for working people is, to put it simply, a labour of love. Values like fairness, equality and working together are what drive us to make a difference and is why we work hard to tackle issues like poverty, precarious work and the shrinking number of good jobs.”
Nederpel pointed to the council’s advocacy for stronger public pensions over the past decade, a call finally heeded with the federal government and most provincial premiers recently agreeing to expand CPP.
“Already faced with a hostile jobs market and record levels of debt, today’s young workers needed a new way to save for retirement,” she noted.
Increasing the minimum wage, the focus of a B.C. Federation of Labour campaign, would be another step forward.
“But it is not just young workers that would benefit from an increased minimum wage. Over 80 percent of minimum wage workers are over the age of 20 and two out of three of those are women. Even when working full time, the current rate leaves workers $6,000 below the poverty line.”
The Labour Day Picnic is a free, family-style celebration held in McDonald Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with live music, food and prizes.