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Women’s 2008 Conference Report
Published: September 2, 2008

Mine Mill 598/CAW was well represented at our National 2008 Women’s Conference held in Port Elgin on August 17th to August 20th.  It was a tremendous success and we know we have a lot of work to do and felt the unity and support from other women in our union.  The speakers knew the facts and challenges we face as women and gave us inspiration to keep breaking down those barriers through acts of democracy.

Women baby boomers were told they were paid differently than their male co-workers because they didn’t have the same education and were told if they worked harder everything would be fine.  Women began to take less time off, received an education, and now we are earning even less.  In the 1980’s women earned on average 75 cents on the dollar compared to men and TODAY we earn 70.5 cents.  Women with a university education earn 68 cents on the dollar, women of colour earn 64 cents and Aboriginal women earn 61 cents.

The Harper government slashed funding to the Status of Women’s Departments.  They took away funding for court challenges for women, they took away legislation for pay equity and employment equity, 44% of women didn’t make enough to pay income tax, 2.4 million women and 1 million children live in poverty.  They took away our opportunity to have a universal child care system, until the next election. 

We must continue challenging the ideological framework and educate, see out our allies and keep women’s equality issues in the for front, the past and present are clear indicators that there is no such thing as natural justice.  Rights are not handed to us on a silver platter; we have to fight for our rights.

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