Group home workers marked Person’s Day by filing more than 60 formal human rights complaints.
Workers from community-based agencies funded by the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services filed formal wage discrimination complaints to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
The complaints by more than 60 employees from four group homes across Saskatchewan were filed on Person’s Day to highlight the discriminatory wages paid to employees in this female-dominated sector.
Person’s Day celebrates the legal action taken by five Canadian women to have women declared “persons” under the law. Their actions were rewarded on October 18, 1929, when the Privy Council of Britain ruled the word “persons” must also apply to women as well as men.
The group home employees who filed the complaints expect to be joined by other community-based workers in the weeks and months ahead. They are part of a provincial campaign by three unions – CUPE, SEIU, and SGEU – for wage fairness.