Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

June 14, 2008 11:00 ET

Canadian Labour Congress/Flaherty Flunks: Constituency Office Targeted by Child Care Protest

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2008) - Women from across the country rallied in front of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's constituency office Saturday to tell him and his government that they aren't getting the job done when it comes to providing affordable, quality child care for working parents.

"A monthly check for $100 isn't a child care program. It doesn't create affordable child care spaces. It doesn't guarantee a decent wage for child care workers. It doesn't give working moms the opportunities they need to earn a full and decent wage to support their kids. Bottom line: it doesn't get the job done," said Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Earlier in the week, the Canadian Labour Congress gave the federal government an "incomplete" grade when it released report cards, grading the provinces and the federal government on their overall performance when it comes to delivering the child care services working families need.

Based on public data provided by or through governments, the report cards measure progress (or lack thereof) in three areas: 1) affordability, measured by what it costs parents to access child care services, 2) quality, measured by the salaries paid to child care staff, and 3) accessibility, measured by the creation of new public child care spaces.

Byers says the federal government needs to stop pretending that it knows what's best for working parents.

"Women are tired of being preached at. Whether these guys like it or not, the reality is that the vast majority of Canadian moms are working moms. More than 65% of women with children under three years old work outside the home. Meanwhile, 75% of women with pre-school kids (between three and five years old) are in the paid workforce.

The report cards are part of the Canadian Labour Congress "Equality! Once and for All!" campaign. For more information about this important campaign for women's economic equality, or to see the full set of report cards, visit the web site www.onceandforall.ca.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca.

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    Jean Wolff
    613-526-7431 and 613-878-6040