The Church Of Scientology In Quebec Is Under Fire For Paying People Insanely Below Minimum Wage
Yeah, not good.
Everyone in Canada should legally be paid the minimum wage of the province they are living in, that’s just a fact.
But for people who work for the Church of Scientology in Quebec, it appears that at least some of them are getting completely ripped off.
And not by like a dollar or two here and a few unpaid hours, oh no it is something much worse than that.
It has recently been revealed that one staff member at the Church was paid only $70 for 39 hours of work. That works out to $1.79 an hour.
That’s far less than the minimum wage of $11.25 minimum wage that Quebec had when this staff member was working for the church. The province raised their minimum wage to $12 earlier this year.
Another worker was paid only $20.19 for 6 hours of work apparently.
The Church says that it doesn’t have any employees at all though, as everyone who works there is a “religious worker.”
However the idea of “religious workers” is not mentioned anywhere in the provinces labour laws.
A former member of the church says that the way the church handles the people who work for it, amounts to nothing more than “slavery, pure and simple.”
Jean-Paul Dubreui was a member of the church for 6 years before leaving and says that people were only paid based on what they brought to the church. "
If the group didn't make a dime, we weren't paid," Dubreuil said.
Officially anyone who is paid any amount of money, no matter how small, is considered an employee and not a volunteer in Quebec.