Teachers Urge Government to Bring Pay Equity to All Women

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Ontario's elementary public school teachers are
calling upon the Ontario government to live up to its obligations and end
gender-based pay discrimination.
    "In a year marking the 20th anniversary of Ontario's Pay Equity Act, it
continues to be a social scandal that women still earn, on average, 29 per
cent less than men," said David Clegg, President of the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    The teachers' federation is a member of the Equal Pay Coalition, which
today is launching its '20th Anniversary of Pay Equity Act Campaign' to bring
pay equity to all Ontario women.
    "ETFO joins with other Coalition members in calling upon the government
to end gender-based pay discrimination by supporting, strengthening, and
revitalizing pay equity enforcement," said Clegg.
    "The Ontario government can live up to its commitment to pay equity by
taking the following actions," Clegg said:

    -  Increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour as the first step in
       assisting vulnerable women workers.
    -  Fully fund pay equity adjustments owed to public sector women working
       across Ontario, and
    -  Fully fund the Pay Equity Commission, the Hearings Tribunal and legal
       support services for women workers.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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