Posted on March 11, 2015 by the Webmaster
At its March 9, 2015 State Central Committee meeting, the Peace and Freedom Party endorsed a petition campaign being organized by the British organization Global Women's Strike. Here is the petition.
Petition to ALL governments: A living wage for mothers and other caregivers
Caring for others is the foundation of every society, yet this work, done mostly by women, is devalued and underfunded.
We demand that:
1. Every worker be paid a living wage, including mothers and other caregiverss.
2. National and international budgets redirect financial support and resources to mothers and other caregivers.
We demand a living wage for mothers and other caregivers because:
- Every worker is entitled to a living wage. Women do 2/3 of the world’s work – in the home, on the land and in the community – but most of this work is unwaged.
- Women are the primary caregivers everywhere in the world, fighting for the survival and well-being of children and sick, disabled and elderly people, in the home and outside, in peace as in war. Women grow most of the world’s food.
- Most caregivers, starting with mothers, get no wages and aren’t considered workers.
- Many caregivers are themselves disabled; many are children caring for younger ones or for their disabled parents; many are grandparents leaving retirement to care for their children’s children.
- Caring is demanding work but the skills it requires are undervalued even in the job market – domestic work, homecare, childcare and even nursing are low paid.
- Valuing caring work would help to close the income gap between women and men. It would also draw more men into caring.
- Financial dependence when caring work is unwaged often traps women in violent relationships.
- Many mothers do several jobs and have to fit time with their children around their job – this is exhausting and stressful for all.
- When mothers are impoverished and overworked, children suffer: hunger, ill-health, violence and exploitation.
- Mothers who have to return to other work soon after childbirth are less likely to breastfeed.
- Workers who take time off to care for children or other loved ones, lose pay, promotion, social security and future pension.
- Devaluing caring work devalues people, relationships and life itself.
- Investing in caregivers redirects economic and social policies towards survival, health and well-being – for every individual and for the planet which sustains us all.
Source: Global Women's Strike.