The Coalition continues to pressure the federal government

The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity continues to pressure the federal government to contest the financial cuts felt this year.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Johanne Perron, the Executive Director of the Coalition, as well as representatives of three other women's groups, were invited as witnesses to meet with the House of Commons' Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Johanne gave a presentation regarding the perspective of the Coalition towards the cuts that it suffered. You can refer to the transcript or the audio recording of the meeting here, by clicking on the date of the 26 May 2010.
Furthermore, the Coalition was invited to a roundtable organized by the federal MP Ken Dryden, of the Liberal Party, on Monday, June 14, 2010. The purpose of this roundtable was to highlight the importance of the services offered by many community organizations and the impact that the government's decision made on these organizations. 14 organizations participated, including the Assembly of First Nations, MATCH International, Oxfam and Womanspace.
Huberte Gautreau, Francophone Vice-President of the Coalition, provided the following comments:
“The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity is a group of about 700 individuals and 81 organizations who are working towards a pay equity law for all New Brunswick workers.
Our past efforts led the New Brunswick government to pass a pay equity law in the public sector. This law came into effect April 1, 2010. What is more, five groups not included in the public sector are participating in a pay equity program: child-care workers, home support workers, nursing home and transition home workers, and community residence workers. The government has promised them that adjustments will be made by the end of 2010.
Since it was founded, following the NB World March of Women in 2000, the Coalition has given voice to the women and men working in predominantly female job classes in New Brunswick, so as to ensure that their work is recognized and compensated at the same level as masculine jobs of equal value. The Coalition offers them information and helps them to set up meetings to raise the awareness of public decision-makers about their situation.
Assuming such positions in civil society plays an important role in a democracy. If this were not the case, the most vulnerable people could not participate in public debates, nor assert their needs.
Because of the experience it acquired over the last 10 years, the Coalition had become an important voice for the women of the province and played an important role of capacity-building, helping women recognize the power they had and the contribution they could make to the Canadian democratic system. The current policies are seen as a muzzle to the voices of NB women.”

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