Protests held at Tim Hortons over benefit cuts

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Protests were held outside some Tim Hortons locations in Toronto at across the city following a decision by some franchise owners to get rid of paid breaks and scale back on employee benefits.

This happened as franchise owners found that their costs would increase exponentially after the minimum wage hike.

Some Tim Hortons customers also joined in the protest, saying they are no longer buying their coffee from the chain.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will be at one protest in Cobourg — that franchise is owned by the children of Tim Hortons founders.

The minimum wage went from $11.60 per hour to $14 at the start of the year.

The coffee chain has released a statement condemning the choice of the franchise owners, saying employees shouldn’t be treated as an expense or to “further an agenda.”

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The average increased cost for one full-time employee has been calculated at $6,968.26. Divided by the hourly cost increase (of $3.35) per employee and a 52-week year, this figure suggests Tim Hortons employees work a 40-hour week.

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