On April 11, Unifor members wore red to mark Equal Pay Day – the day that women have earned the same income that men earned during the last year. Despite pay equity being the law in Ontario and five other provinces, women still make roughly 30 per cent less than men across the country, and workers facing racism and other forms of discrimination earn even less. It’s time to close the gender wage gap in Canada!
Knowing that women make up 60 per cent of minimum wage and 70 per cent of part-time workers, members worked with the Equal Pay Coalition-Ontario to demand action. Closing the gap will require investments in public services and enforcement of labour standards. Universal child care, a $15 minimum living wage, and clear paths to unionization are all steps that provincial and federal governments can take to close the gap.
Fight for pay equity for all workers at unifor.org/closethegap