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Toronto, Apr 3 (Canadian-Media): Women made up some 55 percent of the workforce within the public service but take home about 12 percent less money than their male counterparts, media reports said.
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario’s Minister for the Status of Women said that it was 30 years since Ontario had passed the Pay Equity Act and added hard work is required in getting women into top positions, CBCNews reports said.
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) post on the facebook account of Pay Equity Act read, “30 years and still waiting In Ontario, women won equal pay for work of equal value in 1988 with the Pay Equity Act.
Unfortunately, it’s been 30 years since then, and many women are still waiting to be paid fairly.
"Join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2017.” She cited the recent women's march that started at Queen's Park and said that she was confident of the positive changes and said "Women should continue to call for pay equity. I think these are important targets because they really show that we are committed to really making sure that we're putting those women in those positions of leadership where they belong. And that will absolutely open doors," said Min. Naidoo-Harris, CBCNews reports said.
Referring to the government's recent announcement concerning investments in child care Naidoo-Harris said women in Ontario should demand equality.Naureen Rizvi, Director of Unifor, who represented hundreds of thousands of unionized employees in multiple sectors also found numerous wages gap.
Ontario is working to increase target for women on boards of Toronto Stock from the present 30 percent to 40 percent by 2020, CBCNews reports said.
According to Catalyst Canada, a nonprofit organization that focused on expanding opportunities for women and business, Canadian women earned $0.82 to every $1 earned by men.Alex Johnston, executive director of Catalyst Canada, told Globe and Mail “The global pay gap was about $4,000 on average between men and women, and the Canadian pay gap was just over $8,000.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)