Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

March 07, 2008 07:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Canadian Labour Congress

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - Women from the labour movement in Nova Scotia will react to a new report from the Canadian Labour Congress about women and wages that contradicts recent and continuing claims from the federal Conservative government that Canadian women have achieved equality. They will also discuss how women in Nova Scotia are doing, compared to the rest of the country.

WHEN: Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Nova Scotia Legislature, Lower Foyer, Media Area
Hollis Street

WHO: Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President, Canadian
Labour Congress
Ivy Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer, Nova Scotia Federation of
Joan Jessome, President, Nova Scotia Government and General
Employees Union

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 that same morning, which will also mark the start of a year-long campaign by the Canadian Labour Congress to raise awareness about the growing wage gap and what can be done to close it.

Copies of the report as well as "Equality! Once and for all!" campaign materials will be available at the news conference as well as online at

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  • Tony Tracy