Women in workforce still have a long way to go - CUPE N.S. President

    TRURO, NS, March 7 /CNW/ - As we mark another International Women's Day
(March 8th), the president of CUPE Nova Scotia says, "While women in the
workforce have come a long way, unfortunately, they still have a long way to
    Danny Cavanagh says, "Women have lead the way for many years in the
labour movement. Back on March 8, 1857 women from clothing and textile
factories staged protests in New York City. The garment workers were
protesting what they saw as very poor working conditions and low wages. The
protesters were attacked and dispersed by police. These women established
their first labour union in the same month two years later.
    "In 1975, which was designated as International Women's Year, the United
Nations gave official sanction to and began sponsoring International Women's
Day. Today, many events are held by unions and women's groups around the
world," he says.
    "As the largest union in Canada, and one that is predominantly female, I
am proud to say CUPE is doing a lot of ground breaking work in looking at
women's participation and representation at all levels of the union and within
their own communities," says Cavanagh.
    "In 2005, we established the CUPE National Women's Task Force which has
now held 200 separate consultations and heard from over 2,000 members of the
union across the country on how women can participate more effectively in the
union," he says.
    Cavanagh says recent cuts by the Harper government to countless women's
programs and services across the country do not bode well for working women
and those trying to join the workforce. "Can you imagine if these guys ever
form a majority government," asks Cavanagh. "It will be a very dark day for
the women's movement."

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, CUPE Nova Scotia President,
(902)  957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902)
455-4180 (o)

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