OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

March 06, 2009 10:44 ET

On International Women's Day OSSTF Says Harper Government Is Failing Women

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - On the eve of International Women's Day, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) says the federal government is failing Canada's women. "International Women's Day should be a time to celebrate our nation's progress towards achieving women's equality and supporting their active engagement in all aspects of our society,' said Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO. "Instead, the Conservative government is trying to turn the clock back."

"Harper's federal budget is the latest salvo in their attack on women's rights," continued Coran. "Women are a vital part of the Canadian economy yet this budget did not include any funding for the child care programmes women need to participate fully in the workforce. There were no changes to Employment Insurance to make it fair for women even though current rules mean sixty percent of unemployed women can't access benefits. There were no real investments in Canada's social infrastructure, including the healthcare, education and support services needed to open doors and equalize opportunities."

"Ignoring these important concerns was bad enough, but the budget went even further to take a deliberate swipe at pay equity for women working in the federal public service. Far from meeting their human rights obligations to eliminate gender pay discrimination, the government actually introduced legislation to restrict the scope of pay equity and take away any real access to remedies."

Coran concluded, "This International Women's Day, the Harper government's message to Canada's women couldn't be clearer. It's 'no bread, no roses'."

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867