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(en) LEGISLATING AGAINST WOMEN by Comité des sans-emploi & CLAC-Logement

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 8 Feb 2004 08:59:03 +0100 (CET)

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An article taken from "C'est arrivé prčs de chez-vous", a
newspaper published by the Comité des sans-emploi & CLAC-Logement.
Two pieces of legislation affect women in particular. Instead of
ensuring good work conditions and decent incomes for women,
the Charest government came up with legislation that will
significantly increase the precariousness of women's work as
well as their financial insecurity.
Bill 7
This piece of legislation was sponsored by Minister Couillard,
Minister of Health and Social Services.

Bill 7 took away the right to strike from workers at the
intermediate level of the health and social services.

When we talk about the intermediate level, we're referring, for
example, to people who work in homes that welcome children in
difficulty or people with developmental disabilities. Bill 7
stipulated that these workers are not considered salaried
workers according to the definitions in the Labor Code.
Consequently, they don't have the right to unionize.

Bill 8

Bill 8 had the same effect as Bill 7 but applies to workers in the
home child-care sector. In other words, Bill 8 affirmed that
people who run day cares in their homes cannot unionize
because they are no longer recognized as salaried workers
according to the Labor Code.

What's more, Bills 7 and 8 are retroactive, which effectively
invalidates the union accreditation obtained by over 1250
people working in the network (working in the intermediary
strata and in home day-cares).

Once again, the two pieces of legislation will weaken the work
conditions and salaries of many women in Quebec. Indeed, they
affect fields of employment in which women are by far the

Our mothers and grandmothers fought for women's unpaid work
to be recognized as work that serves all of society, and that
should therefore be the responsibility of the entire society.
Now, the Charest government is saying quite shamelessly that
this educating and care giving work should be reduced to its old

What does this imply? That domestic work, education and care
giving work is women's duty, in some sort of natural sense.
Women, be ashamed of demanding that such gratifying work
should be paid, and well paid at that!

Of course, without the unpaid and underpaid work of countless
women, the whole system would collapse ...
Copied from North East Federation of Anarcho-Communists - NEFAC

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