Statement: International Women’s Day

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

This year on International Women’s Day, PSAC Atlantic would like to recognize the work that the women in our union do every day to help all workers. From fighting for pay equity in the 1980s, to calling for the establishment of a national childcare program and harassment free workplaces today, women in PSAC have always fought to make the lives of workers better.

In 2023, unions across the country are calling on employers to embrace equity in the workplace. A fitting theme for our 165, 000 members in the federal government currently in bargaining, as PSAC has been asking the federal government to fight systemic racism and workplace harassment.

PSAC is proposing the government offer training on equity, diversity and inclusion, and the history of Indigenous peoples and residential schools to all federal public service workers. It’s meaningful step towards fighting racism and ending workplace discrimination. Our proposals to the federal government would also strengthen the language in our members’ collective agreements on violence and harassment. This language would offer more protection from all forms of harassment in the workplace and offer the support needed when filing a grievance and seeking a resolution.

We know that union women have worked to make societal change for decades, and women in the PSAC are continuing to fight for advances that will benefit all workers. In 2022 we saw the introduction of federal childcare legislation, legislation that women in the labour movement have fought hard for. As our members scramble to return to work, affordable and accessible childcare is extremely important for families. Women often bear the brunt of childcare at home, so this victory will help all working women in Canada.

Today, and everyday, we celebrate the accomplishments of women in the labour movement, and we fight to ensure we continue to make gains and not go backwards.

On February 25 and 26, 2023, the Atlantic Regional Council of the PSAC posed for International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme #embraceequity. We encourage everyone to do the same, and to take the Canadian Labour Congress’ pledge to advocate for our elected officials to value women’s work, end gender-based violence at work, fix the childcare crisis, and make work fairer. Join us and add your voice today!

Chris Di Liberatore, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC Atlantic


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