In Ontario, It is High Time Women are Paid Fairly for their Work

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“Women in Ontario deserve to receive equal pay for work of equal value, and the NDP will keep fighting until that becomes a reality in this province.”                     – from  Official Opposition Party and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

Andrea Horwath releases Statement on Equal Pay Day

Posted April 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement on Equal Pay Day:

“Women’s work is not worth less than the work of the men working beside them, yet they continue to be paid less.

In Ontario, women are paid 71 cents on the dollar for their work compared to their male counterparts. That gap grows for Indigenous women, racialized women and women living with disabilities.

On Equal Pay Day, business and political leaders need to commit to ending the gender wage gap and, far more importantly, they need to put their money where their mouths are. There are concrete steps we can and must take toward equal pay for women and men, like implementing legislation on transparency and equity.

We need to compensate women fairly today, and we need make sure young women and girls know that their work will be valued as they shatter glass ceilings tomorrow. Women in Ontario deserve to receive equal pay for work of equal value, and the NDP will keep fighting until that becomes a reality in this province.”

Ontario NDP Women’s critic Suze Morrison releases statement on Equal Pay Day – April 9th, 2019

QUEEN’S PARK — Suze Morrison, Ontario NDP Women’s critic, released the following statement on Equal Pay Day:

“For too long, women have been shortchanged for doing the very same work as men. It’s simply wrong that, to this day, women are paid just 71 cents for every dollar men take home and racialized women are paid only 60 per cent of what non-racialized men take home.

Instead of doing the morally and economically right thing, and taking steps to close the gender wage gap, Doug Ford is making things so much worse for women who work for a living. The Ford Conservatives are scrapping the implementation of pay transparency legislation in Ontario. Let’s be clear: the legislation was weak. It needed to be strengthened, not scrapped, moving our province backward.

Women in Ontario deserve better than to be paid less than men for doing the very same work. On Equal Pay Day, I am urging this government to do right by working women across this province and bring the Pay Transparency Act into force, and get to work on strengthening it to make pay equity a reality for Ontario families.”

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