A friendly curling competition on Friday night in Houston brought out dozens of local residents. (Shiela Pepping photos)

  • Mar. 14, 2018 1:30 a.m.

The Retail Action Network is calling for B.C. to give liquor servers access to the minimum wage as B.C. gets a failing grade on its gender gap.

The Conference Board of Canada gave B.C. a failing grade (D) on its gender gap; it is 22.6 per cent compared to Belgium (3.3), Denmark (6.3), and Norway (7.1).

The minimum wage is part of that puzzle, as 62 per cent of B.C.’s minimum wage earners are women,” says Kaitlyn Matulewicz, coordinator with the Retail Action Network.

Last month the government announced that B.C. is raising the province’s minimum wage to $15.20 by 2021. But we are still waiting for the government to announce what will happen with minimum wage exemptions, including the liquor server minimum wage. Liquor servers in B.C. earn just $10.10/hr.

“81 per cent of food and beverage severs in B.C.’s full service restaurants are women. The lower liquor servers minimum wage disproportionately impacts women,” says Matulewicz.

“It is exploitative,” adds Matulewicz, “ my research shows that the dependence workers have on customers for tips leaves them vulnerable to enduring sexual harassment and sexualized behaviour from customers as a “price” to be paid for a tip — a form of institutionalized quid pro quo.”

This is backed up by research from the US Restaurant Opportunities Center United; women restaurant workers in states with a sub-minimum tipped wage are twice as likely to face sexual harassment than women restaurant workers in states that pay a full minimum wage to all workers.

The Retail Action Network is calling for the liquor server’ minimum wage to be eliminated.

Just Posted

CMTN unveils renovated House of Cedar

$18.4M upgrade and renovation cited as key to modern trades training

An unexpected sight south of Burns Lake

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

Area restrictions rescinded in northwest B.C.

The orders will be rescinded Sept. 19 at noon

Verdun Mountain and Nadina Lake fires 100 per cent contained

Area restriction orders in effect for several fires

Vigil for Jessica Patrick

VIDEOS: Hundreds honour a young mother who lost her life. Jessica Patrick was 18.

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

Most Read