ETFO Condemns “Systemic Attack” Against Women’s Equality Rights

by NationTalk on March 9, 2009847 Views

TORONTO, March 6 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Ontario elementary public school teachers join with the Public Service Alliance of Canada and other labour unions and women’s groups in condemning the sexist and discriminatory policies of the Harper government.”These policies are readily apparent in the Budget Implementation Act currently being debated before the House of Commons. If allowed to pass, it will effectively legitimize patterns of discrimination against Canadian women,” said David Clegg, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

According to Clegg, the Bill represents a systemic attack against the equality rights of Canadian women.

“It does this by rubberstamping a Federal budget that proposes changes to employment insurance that will not benefit most working women, that ignores the needs of women who are Aboriginal, racialized or have disabilities, and that proposes an act that will signal the end of pay equity for women in the federal public service”, Clegg said.

ETFO is one of many groups who have signed a “notice of communication” to the United Nations announcing their intention to file a complaint against the Harper Government with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

“The Harper government must be held accountable,” said Clegg. “It must end its sexist and discriminatory policies and fully embrace its’ international obligations to women’s equality rights”.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 73,000 elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

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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