Let's ensure that all jobs are good jobs.

Decent Work

The Employment Standards Act and its enforcement were gutted by the BC Liberal government, leaving workers vulnerable to abuse from their employers. At the same time, we have a seen a dramatic change in the nature of the employment relationship with the rise of temporary, gig, and precarious work. BC has the highest proportion of part-time and temporary workers of the provinces.

With insecure employment, little to no enforcement and a flawed complaints process, workers lack recourse for exploitation on the job. This too often means a job isn’t a path out of poverty. BC’s Employment Standards Act and its enforcement need significant improvement.

It's time to:

1) Eliminate the self-help kit to ensure protection and recourse for workers whose rights have been violated;

2) Increase funding for enforcement of the Act including proactive investigations and enforcement;

3) Increase and expand penalties for employers who break the law;

4) Enforce the definition of an employee to ensure that employers cannot misclassify employees to skirt responsibility for meeting the minimum standards of the Employment Standards Act;

5) Improve basic protections and benefits to workers, such as leave for intimate, personal and relationship violence;

6) Improve the conditions of employment for children, including increasing the minimum work age from 12 to 16 years old;  

7) Establish a temporary foreign worker registry and develop legislation to better protect temporary foreign workers from exploitation by recruiters and employment agencies; and

8) Eliminate all exemptions to the minimum wage including exemptions for farm workers and high tech workers.