Canada column for Sunday, Jan. 14/18
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Protesters have gathered outside the iconic Tim Hortons coffee shops encouraging a customer boycott.
They’re upset that some of the chain’s franchisees have eliminated paid breaks and reduced health benefits for employees to compensate for having to pay a higher minimum wage.
That was explained as a way to cope with higher costs with the Jan. 1 increase in Ontario’s minimum to $14 an hour from $11.60 and to $15 next year by the provincial government.
Parent company Restaurant Brands International denounced the action against the workers, saying it doesn’t reflect its values.
Many franchised owners say, however, they have “no alternative” but to implement such cost-saving measures “in order to survive.”
Restaurant Brands has confirmed that some Hortons locations as well “in select markets have slightly increased prices for some breakfast menu items.”
The Canadian-based multinational fast food restaurant, founded by Horton, the late Toronto Maple Leafs’ hockey player, has more than 4,600 outlets in 90 countries.