Fair Wages Now Takes On Temp Agencies!

Monday April 14, 2014, 11am: As part of the monthly Fair Wages Now province-wide day of action, PMUS and allies toured downtown Kitchener, distributing literature on the streets and making stops at a few of the temp agencies.  

The temp agency industry made $11.5 billion in revenues across Canada in 2012.  The majority of those revenues were made in Ontario (50% of the industry).  Ontario’s temp agency industry had revenues of $5.7 billion in 2012. The Canadian temp industry made just under $1 billion in profits in 2012 by exploiting the precarious income security of workers. 

Temp workers get paid 40% lower than permanent workers doing the same job, often at minimum wage jobs. A recent Labour Ministry labour enforcement blitz showed that 3 out of 4 temp agencies were violating basic employment standards. Ontario workers need decent wages, working conditions and a decent minimum wage!  With this is in mind, we took our demands directly to the offices.


Stops included Express Employment Professionals, Pivotal Action Fare, Adecco and Liberty Staffing. Participants sought to speak with management but were not given that courtesy and instead read a statement denouncing the exploitation of temp workers. Responses varied at the temp agencies from hostility and dismissal through to the disclosure that one employee was involved in campaigning for an increase in the minimum wage. 

Community response, both in the waiting rooms and on the streets, was very positive.


See a full province-wide round-up of events and learn more about the campaign at www.raisetheminimumwage.ca

In Waterloo Region, join Poverty Makes Us Sick and allies to demand an end to poverty wages!
The KW mobilization of the Fair Wages Now campaign is facilitated by Poverty Makes Us Sick with the support and endorsement of Waterloo Region Labour Council and KOALA, and the coordination of Workers Action Centre (Toronto)
Source: Statistics Canada (2012) Employment Services Service bulletin Catalogue no. 63-252-X online:http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/63-252-x/63-252-x2014001-eng.pdf
Source: Statistics Canada, (2005) Study: Earnings of temporary versus permanent employees, The Daily, Wednesday January 26, 2005. online: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/050126/dq050126b-eng.htm


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  5. Keep up the great protest. Maybe this government will get off there buts and finally realize you can’t afford to pay rent/mortgage payments, put food on the table pay bus fair, have cable T.V., phone etc on minimum wage. Let them try it on what they give you on disability and yet they want to reduce it. TIME FOR A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT. Remember that when it comes time for another ELECTION.

  6. I applaud your efforts re visiting the temp companies. However increasing min wage does not deal with lack of enforcement of labour law. Good work.

    Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:30:41 +0000 To: mhruschka@msn.com

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