Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 26, 2007 09:43 ET

Hampton Commits to a Fair Deal for Working Women

Political pay hikes can wait

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says it's time working women got a fair deal. Speaking to more than 1,000 women at the "Woman Vote 2007" breakfast, hosted by the United Steel Workers, Hampton outlined the NDP's plan to make life more affordable for working women and their families.

"Women I talk to are working harder and harder to make ends meet. There just aren't enough hours in the day to juggle work, child-care, elder care, and sometimes two or three jobs," said Hampton. "Women are overworked and underpaid - they deserve better."

In emphasizing that the struggle for equality is far from over, Hampton pointed out that, economically, women are still too far behind men. Women still only earn 70% of the income of male workers, and 61% of the 237,000 minimum wage workers in Ontario are women. Adding insult to injury, "Dalton McGuinty tells women earning minimum wage that they don't deserve $10 an hour. Yet he gives himself a $40,000 pay hike - that's more than the average Ontario woman earns in a year," said Hampton.

The NDP's Fair Deal for women goes straight to the issue of affordability. Hampton's plan calls for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Secondly, the NDP's health tax rebate will put up to $450 back in the pocket of working women. Assistance to family caregivers and increasing the hours of personal care for residents in long-term care will ease financial pressures as well as emotional and physical burdens. Improved childcare provision, and rolling back and freezing tuition fees will help parents as well as children and students.

The NDP's Six Commitments don't stop there. But today, Hampton focused on the affordability barriers which prevent women from playing their full role as citizens - as well their roles as mothers, parents, caregivers, sisters, partners, and workers.

"The NDP believes women deserve a fair deal, not more broken promises. Not more disappointment," said Hampton.

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