March 4, 2008
International Women's Day 2008
Equality! Once and for all!
We're excited to announce that PSAC is part of a new creative and innovative campaign. Equality! Once and for all! is a joint effort by the Canadian Labour Congress and its affiliates designed to focus serious attention on women's growing economic inequality.
The campaign kicks off on International Women's Day with a series of teach-ins across the country. And March 8 is just the beginning.
Over the next year, a series of events are being planned focusing on how important child care, a revamped minimum wage, better access to Employment Insurance, improvements to the Canada and Quebec pension plans and other old age security payments, pay equity and union membership are to closing the economic gap between working women and men.
The Quebec Federation of Labour is also organizing around four key issues: precarious work and working conditions of women, acceptance of foreign credentials and certifications, raising the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation, and women's work and role within the family.
Attend one of the March 8 teach-ins
Download and circulate materials in your Local/Branch :
Equality! Once and for all! (copies are also available from your PSAC regional office)
The wage gap exists if you are single or not, a university graduate or not, have children or not. But women with children still pay a price. Women still bear the primary responsibility for child care, domestic work and caring for elders.Child Care: it should be Child's Play
No matter how you figure it, Canada's Employment Insurance program is set up so that women just can't win. Employment Insurance: It doesn't add up for women!
In the past five years over 300,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared in Canada, through plant closures and major layoffs in communities across the country. Canada has lost the equivalent of about 185 jobs every single day. When high-paying jobs are lost, the wage gapwidens as women workers are increasingly pushed into low-wage unstable McJobs. Manufacturing Jobs Matter to Women
No matter how you look at it: Women still earn less than men in every sector of the economy. Pay Equity: What is a hardworking woman like you doing in a pay gap like this?
Women are at a significant disadvantage to men when it comes to pensions. Women not only earn less than men for comparable work but are also expected to shoulder unpaid caregiving responsibilities. Women are also concentrated in non-standard, poorly-paid jobs, which offer little hope for a decent pension. Will you still bleed me when I'm 64? Women and Pensions
Unions make a huge difference for working women. Unions Are a Girl's Best Friend
There is an unfair and persistent wage gap between men and women. Working Women: Still a Long Way from Equality
Thirty years ago, young people left home, got married, found a job and started a family. Things have changed. But have they changed for the better? Young Women Meet Gap-zilla
Date Modified : 2010/07/29