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Pay Equity Act, 2009 Another step forward

2017-06-27

 Moncton -The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity congratulates the New Brunswick Union and the provincial Government for their announcement today of $8.4 million over 10 years for pay equity adjustments.  This marks an important step toward the implementation of the Pay Equity Act, 2009.

“Today’s announcement is a victory for those working as professional support workers in schools, specialized health care professionals and medical science professionals.  Pay equity - equal pay for work of equal value - is a human right, and without the Act, the wage discrimination which oppressed female workers would not have been reparable. It is therefore essential that the Gallant government keeps its promise made during the last election, to fully implement the Act in all of the government sectors including Crown Corporations.” – states Frances LeBlanc, Chair of the Coalition.

The Coalition wants to remind us that the pay equity negotiation process has not yet begun for bargaining units representing teachers and institutional services and care, nor for non-unionized workers. The Crown Corporations subject to the law, have started the process, namely NB Power, WorkSafe NB, NB Legal Aid Services Commission, New Brunswick Community College, Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, NB Liquor, and the Financial and Consumer Services Commission. There is still a lot of work to do before the government’s promise is fulfilled.

“In order to demonstrate to the population that the government took the necessary measures to respect the Pay Equity Act, 2009, there needs to be a detailed report of the implementation of pay equity since it initially came into force on the first of April, 2010. It’s a question of accountability.” – confirms Johanne Perron, executive director of the Coalition.

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