Bringing awareness to the gender wage gap. Today is “Equal Pay Day” across the province — a time to make people more aware of the situation. Here’s Mike Postovit.
It’s a problem — that this group here at Queen’s and others are trying to bring attention to. The Gender Pay Gap in Ontario is a shocking 30% for the average woman. In fact on average — women need to work 15.5 months to make what a man makes in 12 months.
Jordan Morelli/Queen’s University Facility Association
“One would like to think by now we would have figured this out and everybody would be receiving equal pay for equal work but sadly we’re a long ways away. The gap is getting smaller — but it’s still 34 percent on average.”
Lesley Jamieson/P.S.A.C. local 901
“I think it’s important for women to know that the fight for equal pay and equal rights is still on going.”
Lesley Jamieson is with local 901 of the Public Service Alliance of Canada — she’s also a 2nd year PHd student and teaching assistant.
“It may be a rude awakening when people enter the work force and realize that the work force of yesterday is not the work force of today. There are precarious conditions — in fact they are pretty common now — it shouldn’t be that way and that’s why we’re fighting against it.”
And while numbers will differ depending on age — organizers say unfortunately the gap widens for a handful of groups.
“If you’re an indigenous woman — or if you’re a disabled woman the wage gap is much larger over 40 percent. So it’s the people that need the fairness and equality the most that are the ones who are statistically the least likely to have it.”
“Right now there’s a changing workplaces review going on where we’re looking at the ways — in which minimum wage needs to be raised to a living wage and also part time work is another area in which these inequalities creep in.”
Organizers stress awareness is more then just 1 day — and everyone needs to help with the fight.
Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.