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Hope in the Speech from the Throne

2017-10-24

Moncton – The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity is pleased that the government wants a broader implementation of pay equity.

“During the last election campaign, the current government promised it would require pay equity plans from organizations with more than 50 employees that do business with government through procurement or financing programs. We are therefore encouraged by the Speech from the Throne.” says Frances LeBlanc, Chair of the Coalition for Pay Equity.

While wanting to improve seniors' services, the Speech from the Throne makes no mention of the wages of the 12,000 or so workers who provide services in the private care giving sector in the province. The Coalition reminds the government that these workers earn on average $ 12 to $ 15 an hour, which leads to a recruitment and retention problem.

“The Coalition is encouraged to see improved accessibility for child care. We hope that the government will also implement the New Brunswick Child Care Review Task Force’s recommendation to increase early childhood educators’ salaries using the process of certification and pay equity, during the current Legislative session.” Concludes Johanne Perron, Executive Director 

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