Minimum Wage and Basic Income are part of the same conversation, not different conversations.
BCGEU President Stephanie Smith notes that 1/4 of workers in BC are paid less than $15 an hour. 63% of minimum wage workers do not know how many hours they are scheduled to work next week.
Precarious workers have two related challenges – the precarity of their work hours, and that even if they are working full time at minimum wage their overall income is not enough to avoid economic insecurity.
A Basic Income guarantee provides a basic level of economic security for precarious workers. A living wage ensures that fully employed workers are able to earn enough to be able to plan for more than just surviving.