Halifax protesters march in solidarity with Ontario Tim Hortons workers

WATCH Insight on controversy surrounding Tim Hortons protests

According to the Tim Hortons' employees, Tim Hortons offers workers an ideal work environment, or at least so it used to, until before the cut backs were made.

Organizers behind the protest campaign, dubbed Fight for $15 and Fairness, say the demonstrations planned at specific Tim Hortons franchises on Friday were not about the franchise owners themselves, but rather to pressure the parent company. Now, the two groups have harnessed national outrage stretching from Halifax to Vancouver with snap actions in most major towns and cities.

"It's to protest the clawbacks that this particular Tim Hortons location has done to employees in retribution of the $14 minimum wage increase", Briana Broderick, president of the Kingston District Labour Council, said in an interview on Friday.

"The changes in Ontario's labour laws were meant to make life a bit better for workers", said Deena Ladd, Coordinator of the Workers' Action Centre.

After the cuts facing Tim Hortons workers were revealed, Leadnow launched a petition calling for workers' protections, which has nearly 20,000 signatures so far.

"We have one of the lowest minimum wage rates in the country, and over 30 per cent of all workers in our province earn less than $15 an hour", Shortall said in the release.

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Chirico noted the chamber of commerce was never opposed to the increasing of minimum wage, but warned the government that it was being rolled out too fast.

Flynn said he would still welcome further discussions with small business owners about the policy but said Wynne was right to criticize the franchisees for such actions.

Johnson said the corporation can make sure franchise owners respect the spirit of Ontario's new labour laws. All of the employees receive health benefits and paid breaks and he said he doesn't want to change that.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the passing of the "Fair Workplaces Act' (Bill 148)".

But a local labour support group is accusing a longtime Kingston area franchise owner of not treating workers fairly in light of the minimum wage increase.

Earlier this month, Wynne accused the children of Tim Hortons' founders, who own a pair of franchises in Cobourg, Ont., of "bullying" their employees by cutting paid breaks and benefits in response to the wage hike.

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