Unions are a big reason women’s equality in Canada has advanced. Unifor, with its 305,000 members, is committed to making sure we continue to get the job done.
When right-wing politicians attack unions, they also attack an important catalyst for delivering women’s equality.
This is why this International Women’s Day, Unifor women are standing up for our rights – the right to have a union, the right to equal pay, reproductive rights, the right to good jobs which includes affordable childcare and a world safe from violence. Unifor members will be participating in a variety of events across the country – from Local men serving breafast to their sisters to taking to the streets in marches to show women’s power.
For info on events in Moncton and Fredericton click on the links below:
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour’s message for International Women’s Day
For Immediate Release March 6, 2015
Moncton – The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) wishes all New Brunswick women a happy International Women’s Day (IWD). Every year, on March 8, women all over the world come together to celebrate their accomplishments and to refocus their energies on the struggles for equality that remain ahead. It’s important to note that IWD originates from the labour movement when women garment workers in New York walked off the job in 1908 to protest against their appalling and dangerous working conditions.
The NBFL has always been in the fore-front of women’s struggle for economic and social equality in the workplace and in society. The NBFL has fought for improved wages, benefits, maternity leave, equal pay, vacation time, and decent pensions. We also helped make the workplace safer and free from harassment and discrimination.
However, there is a lot more work that remains and the NBFL, like always, is up for the challenge and will continue to play our historic role. We will not rest until all women have achieved true equality. The NBFL will not rest until we have Pay Equity Legislation for both the private and public sectors and that the wage gap between what men earn and what women earn is completely eliminated. The NBFL will continue to lobby for a publicly funded, universally available, high quality child care system. The NBFL will lend our voices in the call to end all forms of violence against women and girls in our society. The NBFL will not rest until we have a National Public Inquiry into the 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in our country. The NBFL will not rest until women are equally represented in our political system and all sphere of our society.
In 2015, Canadians will go to the polls to elect their federal government. The onus is on all of us to ensure that we elect a government that will help us achieve our goals and invest in people, not their corporate friends. For the next four years, this government will pass legislations and make decisions that will impact the daily lives of women, their families and their communities. We urge all of you to carefully questions the candidates and consult the parties’ platforms before casting your vote.
In closing, we urge you to attend the IWD activities organized in your regions and celebrate women’s accomplishment and renew your commitment to build a world of true economic and social equality.