On Equal Pay Day, Unifor members from across the country came out to show that our union supports and values the work of women.In Toronto, Unifor members joined the Equal Pay Coalition-Ontario in a lunchtime rally near Queen’s Park.
“Unifor bargains for paid domestic violence leave for our members across the country, but it must be mandatory for all employers,” said Gwen Campbell, Ontario Regional Council Women’s Representative, addressing the assembled crowd in Toronto on April 11. Campbell spoke about the unique work Unifor takes on to advocate for paid domestic violence leave and other supports for survivors of violence. No worker should have to choose between their personal safety and their job.
The Equal Pay Coalition presented a 12-step plan to eliminate the wage gap, pushing for immediate action to adopt a Pay Transparency Act in the province of Ontario. Even though equal pay has been the law for 30 years, the pay gap still persists. More work is needed from government to hols employers, including public employers, to account.
Across the province, the pay gap is felt even more strongly by marginalized groups.
- Indigenous women face a 57% gap.
- Women with disabilities face a 46% gap.
- Immigrant women face a 39% gap.
- Racialized women face a 37% gap.
In Ottawa, members made their presence known at MPP and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi’s office. Workers and students brought the same demands for immediate action to enforce pay equity for all workers, and raise the standards and protections for women in precarious and vulnerable sectors.
See the album of these actions and more ways that Unifor members showed their support for Equal Pay Day on our Facebook page.