Phase Out Of Liquor Server Wage

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BC Chamber of Commerce responds to phase out of liquor server wage

Vancouver, April 19, 2018 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is renewing its call to the provincial government to maintain certainty and predictability as minimum wage is set to rise to by 2021 – unfortunately, today’s announcement of the phase out of the liquor server wage has created instability for restaurant owners across BC.
“Certainly, our members support increases to minimum wage, so employees can keep up with the cost of living,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “However, eliminating the liquor server wage for employees, who typically have the highest hourly earnings when gratuities are considered, creates uncertainty for the restaurant industry.”
Liquor servers will see incremental increases to their wages starting this June, until the general minimum wage is reached, of at least $15.20 per hour, in 2021.
“Many small businesses and restaurants already operate on slim profit margins and the unexpected news of the phase out of the liquor wage will undoubtedly challenge restaurateurs’ ability to scale and will have an impact on their current staff – front and back of house,” said Litwin.
The BC Chamber’s province-wide membership has consistently called for minimum wage increases to be linked to a predictable formula such as the Consumer Price Index, to bring stability and predictability to businesses with the assurance that they will face no large, unforeseen increases in their labour costs.
Today’s unexpected announcement will create uncertainty in BC’s restaurant industry.
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BC Chamber of Commerce