International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

November 23, 2010 16:27 ET

Special Event in the Campaign to End Pay Inequality

Advance Screening – November 22, 2010 – Made in Dagenham

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO,ONTARIO MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2010) - Women earn 29 per cent less than men. Ontario's Equal Pay Coalition marks the ongoing Canadian struggle for pay equity with the advance screening of Made in Dagenham at Toronto's Isabel Bader Theatre (opening in theatres on November 26 and considered Oscar bound).

The film is a dramatization of the 1968 UK Ford plant strike by 187 female sewing machine operators. These women worked in impoverished conditions for long hours while trying to balance their family responsibilities and they finally lose their patience when they are reclassified as "unskilled". Leading with humour, common sense and courage, the victory of these strikers led to the passage of the UK's 1970 Equal Pay Act. The film stars the award winning Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Rosamund Pike and is directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls).

Ontario's pay equity campaigners continue to carry on the fight more than 40 years later. Ontario women continue to work in segregated job ghettoes and to suffer systemic gender-based discrimination in pay. In Ontario, where a person's pay is critical to family, community and provincial prosperity, the gender pay gap at 29% is a human rights crisis.

The Equal Pay Coalition is calling on the Ontario government and Ontario employers to shift the direction of the past decades away from women's inequality and concretely act to end pay discrimination.

Details: Monday, November 22, 2010
UVic Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles Street West, Toronto (East of University at the Museum Subway)
5:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30 p.m. - Pre-Screening starts 6:30 p.m with introductions by Mary Cornish, Coalition Chair, and comments by current pay equity campaigners
7:00 p.m. - Movie starts

Co-sponsored by CUPE Ontario, the Machinists Union (IAM), the Ontario Federation of Labour and Steelworkers Local 1998. Screening part of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival, a co-sponsor.

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Contact Information

  • Mary Cornish, Coalition Chairperson, Equal Pay Coalition
    Primary Phone: 416-964-5524
    Secondary Phone: 416-964-1115