Tim Hortons protests reach North Bay

Tim Hortons protests reach North Bay

After Ontario's minimum wage was raised to $14 on January 1, some franchise owners in the province came under fire for taking away employees' paid breaks and other benefits, as well as cutting hours for some employees.

Wynne said the situation was "not acceptable".

Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers' benefits and breaks after the province raised its minimum wage plan to spread their rallies to other areas of the country.

"We think that if business owners are depending on paying poverty wages in order to give hundreds of millions in profits to their shareholders, then we say, they need to rethink their business plan", she said.

"Where this used to be a 24-hour Tim Hortons, and in fact it was used as a refuge and warm-up station for the homeless population around MacDonnell Street, now it's going to be closed at 11 p.m. and open at 5 a.m".

Media opportunities on-site with Leadnow's Fair Economy Campaigner, Brittany Smith and Deena Ladd from Fight for $15 and Fairness are available at 700 University Ave, Toronto starting at 1 p.m.

In addition to the OFL focusing on getting RBI's attention, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) aims to get Tim Hortons corporate attention.

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A spokeswoman for the Great White North Franchisee Association, which represents some Tim Hortons shop owners, says the group had no comment on the premier's latest statement.

The minimum wage policy is popular with the majority of Ontario residents and most businesses are implementing it without complaint, he said.

According to the filed lawsuit, it claimed that RBI has channeled the money to itself, the TDL Group Corp., and other people, the likes of the CEO of RBI, Daniel Schwartz and other named defendant.

Over 50 protests are taking place today at Tim Hortons locations across the country as part of a National Day of Action Against the Cuts.

Organizers behind the protest campaign, dubbed Fight for $15 and Fairness, say the demonstrations planned at specific Tim Hortons franchises on Friday are not about the franchise owners themselves, but rather to pressure their parent company.

Tim Hortons has said individual franchisees are responsible for setting employee wages and benefits, while complying with applicable laws.

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