Friday, May 11

PEN - Pay Equity Network - Report on May 2

On May 2 and 3, over 40 Pay Equity Network activists from across the national gathered at the CEP National office to discuss strategies to pressure the federal government to act now to implement the Pay Equity Task Force's recommendations.

On average, women still earn less than men regardless of their occupation, age or education.

Today, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man earns. For Aboriginal women, women of colour and racialized or new immigrant women, the wage gap between their earnings and the earnings of white men is even greater than the wage gage between white men and women. The current federal pay equity law does not work as we obviously know from the Bell pay equity case. Proactive laws require the employer to take action to ensure that all employees receive equal pay for work of equal value.

The Network also took the opportunity to meet with opposition leaders Layton, Dion and Duccepe to discuss ways to move this agenda forward. All three opposition parties have pledged to support the Network by making pay equity one of their party's platform priorities as well as supporting and introducing proactive pay equity legislation.

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