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Higher wages on the way for liquor servers in BC

B.C. liquor servers are receiving a boost in pay.

Their wage hike will now be in line with the general minimum wage of $15.20 an hour starting June 1st.

The move delivers on a commitment made in 2018 to bring an end to the liquor server wage.

It also marks reaching the goal of a 15-dollar an hour minimum wage, which was recommended by the Fair Wages Commission three years ago.

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Nearly 300,000 workers will receive the hike.

Future increases to the minimum wage, starting next year, will be based on the rate of inflation.

According to the province, over 13% of all workers in BC. earn less than $15 an hour.

The minimum wage rates for live-in camp leaders and resident caretakers are also increasing:

* general minimum wage increases to $15.20 an hour from $14.60 an hour;

* liquor server minimum wage of $13.95 an hour is being replaced with the general minimum wage of $15.20 an hour;

* live-in camp leader minimum wage, per day, increases to $121.65 from $116.86; and

* resident caretaker minimum wage, per month, increases to $912.28, plus $36.56 per suite for those who manage nine to 60 residential suites and to $3,107.42 for 61 or more suites.

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