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The Coalition for Pay Equity steps up its campaign for pay equity in four sectors

2012-01-20

The Coalition for Pay Equity steps up its campaign for pay equity in four sectors
 
The NB Coalition for Pay Equity is launching new actions to support the four private sector groups waiting for pay equity adjustments since 2010 - the child care, home support, group home and transition house workers.
The Coalition unveiled a 3-part strategy Friday January 20: a post card campaign aimed at Premier Alward with the message “Pay inequity makes a hole in MY budget”; an email and phone call campaign directed to the MLAs; and active participation in the prebudget consultations.
“We will complete a provincial tour “Pay Equity Means to Me…” next week. We will have met over 300 people who work in the four targeted groups. They want results and will participate actively with their colleagues and supporters,” states Johanne Perron, Executive Director of the Coalition.
“How could the government justify saving on the backs of these employees?” asked Huberte Gautreau, one of the Vice-Chairs of the Coalition, who says it is inconceivable that the government refuse to give the pay equity adjustments expected since 2010 in the next budget.
“They work with the most vulnerable people of our society. Their jobs require important skills, responsibilities and efforts while demanding to adapt to sometimes difficult working conditions. It is as if they subsidize the government by offering services below their value” she said.
Johanne Perron adds that the government voluntarily goes without 104 million dollars in income by maintaining changes to the personal income tax implemented since 2008 and loses even more because of reduced corporate taxes.
“The government establishes priorities in its budget. Changes to the income tax system benefited the wealthiest individuals and corporations of the province. Will the government continue to favour the wealthiest while saying that it cannot pay equitably people who often earn barely more than the minimum wage?” asks Johanne Perron.
Post cards are available by contacting the Coalition’s office at 855-0002 or at coalitio@nb.sympatico.ca.
The Coalition is currently fundraising to support its advocacy activities and invites the population to contribute on its web site www.equite-equity.com.

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