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Pay Equity: Update On The Campaign.

2010-09-20

Pay Equity:
UPDATE on the CAMPAIGN
 
The president of the Coalition for Pay Equity, Marilyn MacCormack, says that to date in the provincial election campaign, the Progressive Convervatives have completely ignored the issue of pay equity and the Liberals have not committed to legislation for pay equity in the private sector.
 
MacCormack is concerned that, over a year after the adoption of a pay equity law for the public sector, the parties are ignoring the right to pay equity of the 67% of New Brunswick working women who are employed in the private sector.  “We cannot accept this discrimination against one sector of the population,” said MacCormack.
 
MacCormack wonders what will happen to the plans for pay equity for four groups in the private sector – workers in child care, home support, group homes and transition houses. The Liberal party has committed to complete the evaluations and to include more groups but the Conservatives are silent on the fate of that program.
 
Though they congratulate the NPD and the Green Party on their commitment to pay equity legislation for the private sector, the Coalition urges the Progressive Convervatives and the Liberals to also commit to protect the rights of private sector workers.
 
« It’s not too late to commit.  A law providing for pay equity is important for anyone who works in a position that is female-dominated.  It’s also important for the provincial economy since these are people who will spend and pay more taxes.”
 
Pay equity is equal pay for work of equal value.
 
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CURRENT PARTY COMMITMENTS
REGARDING PAY EQUITY
 
New Democratic Party
“The NDP will introduce legislation modeled on successful pay equity legislation already in place in Quebec. The NDP Pay Equity Act would require employers with ten or more employees to implement a pay equity plan within four years. Employers would be prohibited from lowering wages to achieve pay equity. Like Quebec, the law would be monitored and enforced by a Pay Equity Commission, which would also assist small business in complying with the law, reducing the burden imposed on them by the Act.” (http://nbndp.ca/node/371)
 
Green Party
“A Green government would: (…) Legislate pay equity in the private sector.” (2010 Platform)
 
Liberal Party
“A Liberal Government will:
• Complete the pay equity adjustments for home care and child care workers by 2015
• Complete the job evaluations for workers in community residences
• Begin job evaluations for early childhood interventionist, community residence and ADAPT workers and special care home attendants.” (2010 Platform)
 
Progressive-Conservative Party
No mention of pay equity.

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