B.C. advocacy groups fear social-service cuts over wage increases

 Social Development Minister Don McRae says the B.C. government never committed to covering the three per cent wage increase reached in a deal with social-service workers.  Photograph by: DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

The B.C. government’s refusal to cover negotiated wage increases for front-line social-service workers poses a growing threat to people with developmental disabilities, advocacy groups warn.

Inclusion B.C. says the agencies that care for people with disabilities will be forced to cut programs if required to cover wage increases from within already thin budgets.

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