Pay equity

Thirty years ago the federal government passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against women in the workplace. But studies show that the wage gap is actually increasing. Women are still not receiving equal pay for work of equal value. PSAC continues to fight for our members’ right to pay equity – in workplaces ranging from the federal government, to Canada Post to a variety of private employers.

October 30, 2018
PSAC welcomes the new federal proactive pay equity legislation introduced by the Trudeau government. It’s an important milestone in advancing gender equality. The new law recognizes that pay equity is a human right and that employers have an obligation to eliminate gender-based discriminatory wage differences. This means 30-year legal battles to resolve pay equity complaints will become a thing of the past. Instead employers will be responsible for developing pay equity plans, and must do so with the equal participation of worker representatives.
June 18, 2018
Arbitrator Joy Noonan ruled on June 13, 2018, that current and former Statistical Survey Operations (SSO) employees eligible for pay equity shall be entitled to additional compensation for paid leaves not included in SSO’s initial pay equity payments.
May 11, 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that sections in Quebec’s pay equity law reinforce pay discrimination and are unconstitutional. “This decision clearly states that pay inequities based on gender are a violation of women’s rights under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said PSAC National President Chris Aylward. “It also provides the federal government with a useful roadmap to drafting a new federal, proactive pay equity law.”
February 27, 2018
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is encouraged by the funding commitment for Phoenix in this budget. However, the budget does not include an exemption from paying back the gross amount for overpayments in 2017. Our members complied with this government’s instructions to report overpayments by January 19 and yet thousands of members will still need to pay back the gross because of the government’s inability to process their reports.
November 20, 2017
This summer PSAC became aware that Statistical Survey Operations’s (SSO) pay equity settlement calculations failed to include paid leaves, overtimes rates, full compensation for designated paid holidays and other forms of compensation. 
August 31, 2017
Concerns have been raised over pay equity settlement payment calculations that were based on the number of hours worked and do not include paid leave, overtime rates, and designated paid holidays. Given that this issue affects the general implementation of the settlement between Statistical Survey Operations and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the parties continue to work together to resolve this issue in a manner that will apply to all eligible employees.
June 28, 2016
PSAC has negotiated a settlement with Statistical Survey Operations (SSO) that will put outstanding pay equity money into the hands of our members. The settlement will apply to thousands of eligible current and former Interviewers and Senior Interviewers who worked at Statistics Canada between March 8, 1985 and November 5, 1987 and for SSO between November 6, 1987 and November 30, 2013.
April 20, 2016
Robyn Benson, PSAC National President is urging the Liberal government to make proactive pay equity legislation a reality without further delay.
February 4, 2016
The House of Commons has adopted an NDP motion that could result in creating a new pay equity law that puts the onus on employers to provide pay equity. “We appreciate the NDP addressing this important issue so early in the new Parliament,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson. “Our experience with the current complaint process under the Canadian Human Rights Act is that it can take literally decades for women to achieve pay equity and we urge the government to act without delay, said Benson.”
March 4, 2015
Treasury Board

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