Ephemeris Seluciana (Selucian Daily)

Re: Ephemeris Seluciana (Selucian Daily)

Postby Aethan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:56 pm

Selucian unions say 10 million observed morning strike on Women's Day
Praetors of Insularia, Oriensos and Cor Patriae throw their weight behind action to demand an real end to inequality

Thousands of Selucians collapsing the main road of the Insularian city of Victoria

In what has become a tradition since the government of In Marea-Civis Sinistram named the 9th of March as the national Women's Day, women across Selucia are taking part in a strike aimed at demanding effective equality between men and women. The leading unions said that 10 million people had followed the two-hour workplace walkouts throughout the morning.

According to a Metroscopia survey for this newspaper, 84% of Selucians feel that a feminist strike is justified.

“If we stop, so does the world” is the slogan of the strike, which is already being felt in healthcare, consumption, transportation and media organizations. There are also 270 street demonstrations planned throughout the day.

The walkout also received public support from Praetors of Insularia, Cor Patriae and Oriensos. Insularian Praetor Artemisia Oltra, wrote in social media “The goal has been achieved. It’s not just about demanding real equality, but about facing the need to change the relationship of the world and women. It is feminism. The world needs feminisms.”. Insularia was the first province of Selucia to declare salary breach for discrimination backgrounds illegal, under the government of Ares Zervas. It was later applied nationwide by the In Marea-Civis Sinistram national government.

Early on Thursday, there was a notable female absence on some radio stations. Prominent TV talk show hosts also backed the walkout.

Students protested at college campuses across Selucia. In the capital city of Auroria, hundreds marched at University of Auroria, where officials noted that “with the aim of maintaining the spirit of the March 9 feminist strike, no female employee will be assigned to cover essential services.”

While feminist groups have asked only women to stop working in order to underscore how their absence affects every aspect of everyday life, the unions were legally obliged to include both men and women in their call for strike action. The majority unions are supporting two-hour strikes, while smaller unions back a 24-hour stoppage.

Organizers say they are feeling overwhelmed by the show of support. “There was a need, and we have connected with it, and it is expanding on a daily basis,”, “We women are tired: we have a double working day, we don’t have the same pay or conditions, and caregiving falls to us. While technically it is illegal to do so, many places still pay less for the same job to women, and this has to stop now.”

“We cannot keep resigning ourselves to equality on paper, we want a structural transformation,” said Marilia Autiria, director of the feminist non-profit Sewo Fundation. Despite the laws, “we have maintained social patterns that prevent women from enjoying their rights.”

Minimum services are guaranteed in essential sectors such as education, where public school principals and other top officials have an obligation to report to work. In healthcare, services vary by the region, depending on whether there was an agreement between the unions and regional officials.

Professional groups of journalists, scholars, health workers, scientists, non-profit workers, athletes and lawyers have all produced manifestos demanding progress. “This is a wake-up call so all their talent and qualifications will be taken into account,” says Solina Tulio.

This is just the first step, say strike organizers. “We don’t see this as a one-day thing, but as a process,” notes Vulpia Cigata. “We are not going to stop here,” adds Prontia Minaralia. “This process makes us feel strong, and reinforces the idea that mobilizing is the way forward.”
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