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Old Port of Montreal union looks to raise minimum wage to $15 in Quebec

The Old Port of Montreal workers union continued their fight to increase minimum wage in Quebec to $15 an hour, Thursday, September 15, 2016.
The Old Port of Montreal workers union continue their fight to increase minimum wage in Quebec to $15 an hour, Thursday, September 15, 2016. Sébastien Gagnon-Dorval / Global News

The Old Port of Montreal workers’ union continue their fight to increase minimum wage in Quebec.

Konrad Lamour argued $15 an hour would allow people to live comfortable.

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“The $15 an hour symbol is used to allow those who do not have access to a decent living wage to have that number that they can strive for,” Lamour said.

The fight has also garnered attention from Manon Massé, MNA for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, who attended Thursday’s event.

“When you work 40 hours a week, you don’t have enough money to survive,” Massé said.

Thursday marked the first of three days of petitioning for an increase in minimum wage.

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Employees of the Old Port of Montreal have been striking since May.

“It’s not easy for people to live at $10.75, where at the end of the day you’re making $22,000 [or] $23,000 a year,” Lamour said.

“Think of the fact that people are single moms, single fathers, that have to raise a family with such a low wage.”