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The NB Coalition for Pay Equity applauds the federal government for an important step toward pay equity and presses the provincial government to follow suit.

Moncton, February 4 - Yesterday, the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity had cause to celebrate. A motion on pay equity put forward by NDP Sheila Malcolmson was adopted at the federal level, with the support of the Liberals & the Bloc Québécois.

 

“We are very pleased to see that three federal parties set aside partisan concerns to recognize pay equity as a human right and to make plans to implement a proactive federal pay equity regime,” says Vallie Stearns, Chair of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity. “We hope that this will set the path for the New Brunswick government to move toward pay equity legislation for all workers, including the private sector.”

 

Sectors that would benefit from federal pay equity legislation include the federal public service, banks, communication and interprovincial transportation. The majority of New Brunswick workers fall under provincial jurisdiction, including those employed in retail, food and accommodation services, factories, health, education, social services, municipalities and post-secondary institutions. About 66% of women and 79% of men work in the private sector which is not yet covered by provincial pay equity legislation.

 

Vallie Stearns says that the Coalition for Pay Equity will follow closely the next steps.

 

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Information: Johanne Perron, Executive Director, 855-0002; 850-6963.

 

The motion:

"That the House (a) recognize that the government must take action to close the unacceptable gap in pay between men and women which contributes to income inequality and discriminates against women; (b) recognize pay equity as a right; (c) call on the government to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Pay Equity Task Force Report and restore the right to pay equity in the public service which was eliminated by the previous Conservative government in 2009; and (d) appoint a special committee with the mandate to conduct hearings on the matter of pay equity and to propose a plan to adopt a proactive federal pay equity regime, both legislative and otherwise, and (i) that this committee consist of 10 members which shall include six members from the Liberal Party, three members from the Conservative Party, and one member from the New Democratic Party, provided that the Chair is from the government party, (ii) that in addition to the Chair, there be one Vice-Chair from each of the recognized opposition parties, (iii) that the committee have all of the powers of a standing committee as provided in the Standing Orders, as well as the power to travel, accompanied by the necessary staff, subject to the usual authorization from the House, (iv) that the members to serve on the said committee be appointed by the Whip of each party depositing with the Acting Clerk of the House a list of his or her party’s members of the committee no later than February 17, 2016, (v) that the quorum of the committee be as provided for in Standing Order 118, provided that at least one member of each recognized party be present, (vi) that membership substitutions be permitted from time to time, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2), (vii) that the committee report to the House no later than June 10, 2016."

 

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