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Public Services International launches worldwide effort to raise women’s wages


Keynote speaker Frano0069se David - former President of the Qub0065c Women’s Federation (Fdration des femmes du Qub0065c), spokesperson for the World Women’s March 2000 and a leader of Rank and File (Au bas de l’Echelle), a Qub0065c-based organization defending the rights of non-unionized workers

Women speaking about their experiences with fighting for pay equity:

Christine Collins (Canada)

Annie Geron (Philippines)

Gunhild Johansen (Norway)

Dr. Jane Pillinger (Ireland)


The Public Services International (PSI) 27th World Congress launches its global Pay Equity Now! campaign.

PSI is a global union federation representing public sector unions in 146 countries with 598 affiliated unions representing more than 20 million workers.


Thursday 5 September 2002, 9:30 a.m.


Ottawa Congress Centre, Congress Hall, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


No country in the world has achieved pay equity. Women earn anything from 50 to 88 per cent of men’s earnings. Globalization and the privatization of public services are contributing to a widening gender gap in many countries. The situation is even worse in countries where workers face barriers to forming trade unions and bargaining collectively.

PSI is committed to promoting the fundamental human rights of women, including equality between women and men in the workplace, in unions and in the broader political, social, economic and cultural context. Pay equity is a fundamental right and PSI is working to assist unions make that right a reality for women worldwide.


The full release of the week’s events can be viewed at www.newswire.ca under Public Services International.

For further information:

Liz Holden, office (613) 560-4280, cell (613) 293-4663

Louise Laporte, office (613) 560-4287, cell (613) 293-4663

Sandra Sorensen, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 282-6225

or visit world-psi.org.