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BC politicians must address rise in precarious temp work, says CCPA

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An article published by the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives documents how precarious work in BC has grown: “Temporary employment (including contract, seasonal, casual and temp agency work) is on the rise in British Columbia, accounting for 40 per cent of post-recession job creation (2009-2013), and growing more rapidly than permanent jobs”. According to the article, this significant shift has had tremendous negative impact on BC’s working population:

this work is highly precarious and many temp workers live in poverty — in 2004, total yearly median earnings for temporary agency workers in Canada was $7,850, compared to $31,360 for permanent employees. But while poverty is a reality for many workers, the industry is booming in B.C. and across Canada. Operating revenues in B.C. increased from $355 million in 2004 to $675 million in 2012 — surely they can afford to maintain minimum employment standards.

The article, written by Andrew Longhurst, hints at the need for a comprehensive approach towards poverty in the province, which would include higher wages for all workers, as well as other supports. You can read the full article here.