Women in Canada make roughly 30 per cent less than men. But this gap is larger for women who face systemic discrimination because they are Aboriginal, workers of colour, LGBTQ, elderly or have disabilities. In fact, the gap between what men and women earn is so significant that women must work more than three months to earn what men earned the previous year.
This year on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Unifor marks Equal Pay Day. This date is designated each year as the time when women will finally earn the same wage that men did in 2018!
This widespread gender wage discrimination is unacceptable.
What's needed is active intervention by governments, business and all employers to change practices that drive women’s economic inequality and poverty.To make this happen we all need to take action.
By working together, taking action and sending a united message we can close the gender wage gap. Join Unifor to take action to close the gender wage gap with these four steps and let’s make some noise!
- Wear red on Tuesday April 9 because the gender pay gap leaves women, “in the red” and help us send a united visual message with your selfie or group photo.
- Share your “red” solidarity photos on social media and email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Share these Unifor graphics to show how to close the gap on women's wages. On social media please include the hashtag #EqualPayDay
- Contact your provincial and federal representatives to ask that they take meaningful actions to finally end the gender wage gap. Start with this letter demanding pay transparency and action on universal child care.