“At Ripley’s Believe it or Not on Clifton Hill – front-line staff were told that their wages were being slashed when they returned.” – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted July 2oth, 2020 on Niagara AtLarge
QUEEN’S PARK – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates is asking that Premier demand that billionaire Jim Pattison reverse severe wage cuts to front-line Niagara Falls tourism workers.
“I rise today to call out corporate greed in my community.” Speaking about front-line staff Gates added “We have a reputation for going above and beyond and delivering the vacation of a lifetime. The reason we have that reputation is because of the front-line staff, it is those front-line workers who risk their health every single day so they can keep these attractions open and ensure our guests remain safe.”
“Yet at Ripley’s Believe it or Not on Clifton Hill – front-line staff were told that their wages were being slashed when they returned. You know who owns that site? His name is Jim Pattison. He’s Canada’s third richest man and he’s worth 7 billion dollars. I can guarantee you this pandemic hasn’t put him at risk and that financially he’s been just fine. Yet this billionaire is ripping wages away from our front-line workers,” said Gates.
Gates office was first contacted by employees of Ripley’s Believe It or Not and was told that front-line staff are seeing their wages cut to levels just above the minimum wage. Despite repeated calls to corporate headquarters, Gates has said the corporation chaired by billionaire Pattison is refusing to reverse the wage cuts.
“I am asking this Premier to stand with me and the people of Niagara Falls to tell Jim Pattison that this greed is unacceptable, to apologize to these workers and to give them the wages they had before the pandemic.”
Gates finished by using the floor of the Legislature to appeal directly to billionaire Jim Pattison.
“Jim Pattison – you have brave workers working right now that have made your fortune. Treat them with respect.”
For related stories posted on Niagara At Large on wages of front-line workers being cut in Ontario, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/06/21/canadas-largest-private-sector-union-backs-fair-wages-for-frontline-grocery-store-workers/
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