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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Equal Pay Protest in Kincardine

Kincardine | by Megan Johnson  

Approximately 100 people protested outside of Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson's office today

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The gender pay gap still sits at 30 percent in Ontario and today around 100 UNIFOR members along with the Equal Pay Coalition set their sights on Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, to protest the uneven pay ratio for women in front of her Kincardine office. 

Ontario Regional Director of UNIFOR, Maureen Rizvi says across Ontario similar protests are being held at Provincial MPP offices to commemorate Equal Pay Day. "We want her (Thompson) to be aware and close the gender wage gap," says Rizvi. 

"Women in Ontario no longer want to work until April 9, 2019, to make the same thing that men would be collecting by the end of December 31, 2018."

Rizvi says that although the wage gap still sits at 30 percent in Ontario, the raising of minimum wage, did help the cause for equal pay. Last year's Equal Pay Day took place on April 10.

"It's unfortunate the Government shelved the Pay Transparency Act," she says. 

She adds the Act wouldn't have closed the gender wage gap, "but, what it would have done is validated for women and the employers themselves so they could... actually visualize exactly the difference in pay, that they're underpaying them so much by. It was a step in right direction to at least validate what is happening."

She says Indigenous women see the worst gender pay gap at 43 percent. With racialized women sitting at 38 percent and immigrant women at 34 percent.  

The gap is calculated by comparing the annual earnings of full-time workers. On this basis, women workers in Canada earned an average of 75 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2016 according to the census.

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