Know Your Stuff
Identify the Problem:
Use the information on these pages to increase your knowledge of Pay Equity issues. You can lobby best when you know what you are talking about and are confident with that knowledge. The best lobbying is a mix of personal experiences which is backed by facts and figures to show that your experiences are not unique but part of the general picture.
Be clear about the likely solution (or at least the need for one!):
To start with it is enough to say there is a problem and to be clear about what it is and the fact that we care enough about it to want it fixed. Later, when we have established the need for change, identifying the problem is not very helpful if we all have a different idea on what is needed to fix it. The art of good lobbying is to have a lot of people saying they want the same general solution and telling the politicians and the media what it is. At CEVEP, we have done a lot of work on this. As the campaign for legislation gets going this time, we will develop some key lobbying points. We would be delighted if you use these key themes in the lobbying you do.
Use the information in conversation with others, to help in preparing questions for your local Member of Parliament, as ammunition in letters to the local paper or as part of your talkback information.
Talk About the Issues
- Amongst friends and family
- At meetings and groups you attend
- On Radio Talkback
Warning: There is a lot of information on these pages and you don't want to be a bore.
When you are "lobbying", choose:
- one or two key points or
- the most important issue for you and
make sure you get this point or issue across
Work With Others
As you talk, you will find others who share your concern. Sometimes these are groups of people - like your workmates, your union or your local National Council of Women group. Work with others, where possible. This makes lobbying more fun and increases the effectiveness of what you do. If, however, you find that you are on your own, go for it anyway. One person can make a huge difference and we are always here as your online support .
- To newspapers, magazines,newsletters
- To your local MP
- To Government Ministers
CEVEP can offer you support with Newsletters, Posters, Campaign News and Action, Stalls in Malls, Petitions, Action Days, Stickers, and Buttons. We can also offer you via email regular updated statistics on the wage gap. Use our easy joining form to be on the list.