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Close the gender wage gap!

by UFCW Canada category: Cause

“Join the call to close the gender wage gap today! Learn more about #ClosingTheGap and #EqualPayDay #BeBoldForChange http://thndr.me/PKxJLk

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This campaign ended on April 19, 2017 at 12PM

Join the collective call to urge Canadian provincial governments to make a solid commitment to closing the gender wage gap as an urgent human rights priority.

What is the gender wage gap?

The gender wage gap is the difference in wages or earnings between men and women in their workplaces. In Canada, this gap currently stands at 30%. Racialized women, immigrant women, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities suffer from even higher pay gaps.

Closing the gender wage gap would mean that the work that women and men do is equally respected and valued.

Thanks to the labour movement, this pay gap is already much less for women who are in a union.

Suggestions to close the gender wage gap:

Make it easier to join a union

Union protection is especially helpful as an equality-promoting tool for closing the gender wage gap. On average, women union members earn $6.65 per hour more than women without unions. Apart from increasing the wages for women, union protection often leads to greater access to full-time and more secure positions, as well as increased part-time hours.

Introduce Pay Equity laws across Canada

Only two provinces - Ontario and Quebec - have proactive pay equity laws covering both public and private sector workers. Under these laws, employers must take active steps to identify and eliminate wage discrimination.

Legislate a living wage, reliable scheduling and better notice periods

As Canada's leading private sector union, UFCW Canada is urging provincial governments across the country to legislate a living wage. A strategy which includes a living wage, reliable scheduling, and better notice periods would all help to close the gender wage gap. With the exception of emergencies, employers should not be allowed to change the schedule once posted without the consent of the affected employees. Providing adequate notice is important for allowing employees to plan their lives in such a way as to maximize their work hours to their desired level.

Together, we can urge provincial governments to make equal pay for work of equal value a reality for all working women in Canada. Let's amplify our voices and send a message to provincial government leaders today to put an end to the gender wage gap.

Visit ufcw.ca/closingthegap to add your voice to Close the Gender Wage Gap.

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