Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

March 05, 2008 09:00 ET

Canadian Labour Congress: Media Advisory

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - The Canadian Labour Congress will release a new research report about women, work and wages that contradicts recent and continuing claims from the federal Conservative government that "women have achieved equality."

When: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2008

Where: Charles Lynch Press Theatre, Room 130-S on Parliament Hill

Who: Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President, CLC
Andrew Jackson, Chief Economist, CLC
Gisele Pageau, Human Rights Director, CEP
Robyn Benson, Regional Vice-President, PSAC

"Anybody who tells you women have achieved economic equality in Canada either has their facts wrong or is simply a stranger to the truth," says Andrew Jackson, chief economist for the Canadian Labour Congress and author of the report.

The report Women in the Workforce: Still a Long Way from Equality shows that in 2005, women working full-time for the full year earned just 70.5% as much as men who worked the same amount of time in similar jobs. That's less than women earned ten years ago, when women working in similar jobs earned 72% of what men got paid, despite the fact that more women hold post-secondary degrees, more women work in highly-skilled jobs, and as women have decided to have fewer children, later in life.

Details of the report will be released at a news conference in Ottawa on Friday, March 7, 2008 where the Canadian Labour Congress will also launch a year-long campaign to both raise awareness about the growing wage gap and what can be done to eliminate it.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413