April 4th is the day women’s median earnings in Canada finally catch up to men’s median earnings from last year.
Can you believe it? It still takes 16 months for women’s median earnings to catch up to what men make in twelve.
This year, Equal Pay Day takes place with the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an unprecedented test for workers, their families and the economy.
Join us and our friends at the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition for a Virtual Rally this Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT. Explore how we confront the ongoing realities of wage discrimination and gender inequality.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the lack of concrete protections for workers. That is especially true of women who work in low-wage and precarious jobs.
Thirteen per cent of all working women in Canada face possible layoff. That’s compared to nine per cent of working men. Low-wage workers, who are disproportionately women, are most at risk.
Canada’s unions say that this is a time for bold, feminist action. We need to recognize the value of women’s work and end wage discrimination. Canada must make women’s economic justice a priority in response to COVID-19.
Together, we’ll get through this and emerge stronger and more united than ever.
Marie Clarke Walker
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
Standing up for workers and their families