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September 16, 2013
A new federal law restricts the substance and application of pay equity in the public sector – making it more difficult for women to receive equal pay for work of equal value. The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act is set to be implemented in the fall of 2013 and will compromise pay equity.
September 13, 2013
In addition to having the right to refuse dangerous work under Part II of the Code, a worker who is pregnant or nursing can cease, for a very short period, to perform her job with full pay and benefits if she believes that continuing any of her current job functions could pose a risk to her health or that of the foetus or child (s.132(1)). The worker must consult with a qualified medical practitioner of her choice as soon as possible to establish whether there is a risk (s.132(2)).
September 13, 2013
The Canada Labour Code gives employees the right to refuse dangerous work. Here are some guidelines:
September 13, 2013
“Danger” includes any existing or potential hazard or condition or any current or future activity that could reasonably be expected to cause injury or illness to a person. Two key concepts are: “potential hazard or condition” and “any current or future activity”. However there has to be a reasonable expectation of an injury or illness before the hazard or condition can be corrected, or the activity altered, or before workers can exercise their right to refuse unsafe work (s.122(1)).  
September 13, 2013
Section 122(2) establishes the concept of “Hierarchy of Controls” when dealing with health and safety controls in the workplace. Not all workplace controls are equal. Those controls which focus on the source of the hazard – elimination, substitution or isolation of the hazard – are generally the most effective means of preventing and controlling worker exposure. Where possible, controls at the source should be a union priority.
September 13, 2013
The Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committee is to be involved in all investigations, and these will include accident/injury investigations, and similarly a Health and Safety Representative will be involved in all investigations, including accident/injury investigations. The Co-chairs of the Workplace Committee will appoint the member or members of the Committee that shall participate in such investigations.
September 13, 2013
This process has to be used before other recourses available under Part II of the Code, except for the right to refuse dangerous work and the right of pregnant or nursing workers to temporarily withdraw from dangerous work.
September 13, 2013
The employer is legally responsible for health and safety in the workplace. This page lists what those responsibilities are. It also notes that employees have a responsibility both to ensure the employer lives up to their responsibility and to report problems.
September 11, 2013
The Public Service Alliance of Canada has a long history of standing up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights. Whether at the bargaining table, in the courts or on the streets, our union has been fighting for LGBT rights for more than 30 years.
July 12, 2013
Regional Office Interviewers  – The members of this unit of approximately 500 members work in Statistics Canada offices around the country collecting information for national surveys.  They are responsible largely for telephone interviews which collect the raw data that is subsequently used to provide statistics on everything from literacy to consumer expenditures. 

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