Did you know that, on average, women must work 15 and a half months to earn what a man does in just 12?
On Tuesday, April 10, Unifor members marked Equal Pay Day, showing the additional months women have to work to earn the same amount that an average man earned in the previous year. The gap in wages is even larger for women who are the most marginalised: Indigenous women earn 43 per cent less than men do; racialized women earn 38 per cent less; and immigrant women earn 34 per cent less.
Unifor is a member of the Equal Pay Coalition, which is demanding a strengthened Pay Transparency Act. Equal pay for equal work is the law, but employers are not required to disclose wage rates, leaving existing inequalities unreported.
“When women are members of a union, pay is transparent,” said Lisa Kelly, Unifor Women’s Director. “We know that a union card goes a long way towards closing the gender pay gap. But all workers, unionized or not, should be able to count on good legislation to hold employers accountable.”
Members can take action by visiting the Equal Pay Coalition’s website, and using this tool to send a quick email to decision-makers (English only).
For more information on the gender wage gap and to take action all year round, visit unifor.org/closethegap.