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Equal Pay Day – April 9

Equal Pay Day – April 9

We the North
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The National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) has designated a Tuesday in April to bring greater awareness to wage discrimination affecting women and racialized workers.  It started off as a public awareness campaign in 1996 and has since evolved into a day of action calling for change and greater equality.  Tuesday was selected because it symbolized how far women had to work into the work week to earn what men did the previous week.  On average, women continue to earn less than men and as a result, they are often required to work longer for the same amount of pay.  Unfortunately, the wage gap for racialized women is even greater.

People are encouraged to get involved by wearing RED, organizing events, rallies and engaging in meetings with employers and/or policy makers to develop strategies on how to close the wage gap. Red is worn on this day to illustrate how far women and racialized workers continue to be “in the red” with their pay.        

The following event will be held to commemorate Equal Pay Day:

Leafleting Community Call to Action

Date: April 9, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 12:45
Location: College and University (near the Ontario Government buildings)

For more information:

https://twitter.com/OPSEU
http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html

http://www.equalpaycoalition.org/
http://www.equalpaycoalition.org/uncategorized/video-equal-pay-day-in-ontario/
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/canadas-pay-gap