2003-2004 Co-ordinated Bargaining

2003-2004 Co-ordinated Bargaining

International Women’s Day (March 8th) a chance to reflect on gains of women workers.

International Women’s Day (March 8th) a chance to reflect on gains of women workers.

(St. John’s) – Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, a day set aside each year to celebrate the victories and struggles of women around the world.

Wayne Lucas, the president of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador, says the current dispute between Danny Williams and the province’s public sector workers is a perfect example of why we need such a day.

Says Lucas, “Because the public sector is predominantly female – about 60% of workers are women - the current attack on the public sector is actually an attack on women’s wages and working conditions.

“I think Danny Williams and his predominantly male cabinet colleagues would do well to spend the day tomorrow reflecting on what the end result of their rollbacks agenda will be. Wage freezes, pension cuts and concession bargaining in the public sector will cut into many of the gains that women workers have made over the last generation,” says Lucas.

Lucas says, “What post people don’t consider when weighing the prospect of a wage freeze is that once you factor in inflation – which has been hovering around two to three percent over the last few years – a wage freeze, is actually a wage cut.

Adds Lucas, “March 8th also gives the labour movement a chance to trumpet the fact that the face of unions has changed as well. My union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, is the largest union in the country with over half a million members. It’s also a predominantly female union.

“We see that as a huge sign of progress for working women and we certainly don’t want to have the clock turned back on us,” says Lucas.

For information:

Wayne Lucas
CUPE Nl. & Lab. President
727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)