'International Women's Day' - Women Hit by Manufacturing Job Loss

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - Today, as women across Canada celebrate their
hard-won gains on International Women's Day, they face a continuing struggle
to stem the job losses in the manufacturing sector - some of the better jobs
for women in the paid labour force.
    Over the past five years women have lost a proportionately greater share
of their manufacturing jobs than have men. Among the most recent are the women
of Hershey Chocolate, where the company has announced a closure for 2008. They
and the entire community of Smiths Falls, Ontario are fighting to save the 500
    Canadian Auto Workers Director of Women's Programs Julie White says "We
need to understand that there's a woman's face on many of these job losses.
Too often it's assumed that men alone are losing factory jobs. But if we stop
to think about the sectors where women work - food, manufacturing, fish
processing, auto, auto parts, aerospace, general manufacturing and more - it's
obvious this crisis has hit women and men alike."
    "The setbacks to women's equality and hard-won gains are very real. Our
union is calling on all levels of government to start providing more
leadership in the fight to defend manufacturing jobs in Canada, some of the
better jobs available to women in the paid labour force."
    The CAW released a backgrounder today with "stories behind the numbers,"
the stories of women who've faced job losses in manufacturing, available on
the CAW web site at www.caw.ca/whatwedo/women/index.asp.

     Women Lose Disproportionate Share of Manufacturing Jobs over 5 Years
       - Average manufacturing employment in 2006 compared with 2002 -

        2002 manufacturing jobs equals 1,558,200
        2006 manufacturing jobs equals 1,447,000
        Jobs lost over 5 years equals 111,200
        (xx) a decline of 7.1 per cent (xx)

        2002 manufacturing jobs equals 634,500
        2006 manufacturing jobs equals 578,800
        Jobs lost over 5 years equals 55,700
        (xx) a decline of 8.8 per cent (xx)

    (Annual averages: Labour Force Survey Table 282-007, CANSIM, StatsCanada)

For further information:

For further information: CAW Director of Women's Programs, Julie White,
(519) 860-7015; or Laurell Ritchie, CAW Adjustment Specialist, (416) 917-0047

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