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April 25, 2016

Precarity in the Canadian public service is a gendered issue

(OTTAWA, APRIL 25, 2016) – Precarious work bears significant consequences for Canadian workers, and public sector workers are no exception. Privatization, outsourcing, contract and part-time work have replaced permanent, full-time work for many Canadians, causing precarious conditions – or precarity – that leaves workers vulnerable. When precarity occurs in the Public Service, its impacts can be particularly problematic for women, according to a new report from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW).

In their paper released today, titled Women and Public Sector Precarity,  Leah Levac and Yuriko Cowper-Smith explore the causes, conditions and consequences of precarity in Canada’s public sector using a gendered, intersectional analysis.

This paper is the first in a series of publications from the Changing Public Services (CPS) project, a research partnership of public sector unions, community organizations, and academic researchers, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and led by CRIAW. CPS examines the impacts of changes in public services on diverse women as users and providers of services.

“Women and Public Sector Precarity” was funded through a Mitacs grant, with matching funds from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Look for more as CPS rolls out the results of 3 years of research and pan-Canadian focus groups in the coming months.

Go to http://criaw-icref.ca/en/page/women-and-public-sector-precarity to read the full report.

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For more information contact Dr. Leah Levac, University of Guelph

llevac@uoguelph.ca                                             (519) 824-4120 x. 56065


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