Pay Equity Act still not enforced in NB after six years: pay equity coalition

Written by NB Coalition for Pay Equity on April 6, 2016

Moncton – The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity is calling on the provincial government to respect the Pay Equity Act, 2009, which came into force on April 1, 2010.

After six years, only about half of the bargaining units representing unionized employees have completed the pay equity process and no information is available on the process in the Crown Corporations and for the non-unionized staff.

“We call on the provincial government to take concrete actions to respect the Pay Equity Act, 2009. The government must complete pay equity evaluations and comparisons for all the public sectors and give out pay equity adjustments, without delay, when there is pay inequity. Every day without pay equity means another day that workers in female-dominated jobs do not have their human rights respected.” says Johanne Perron, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity.

The Coalition for Pay Equity is also asking for the Pay Equity Bureau to take on a proactive role to ensure the full application of the Act and to prepare and make public a full interim report.

Marilyn MacCormack of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2745, representing Educational Support Staff, continues: “Our Local completed the pay equity evaluations in September 2015 and we have yet to receive any adjustments. Our 4400 members across the province are providing an essential service to students in our educational system and yet, many are working below the poverty line. Pay Equity is a matter of fairness and of valuing the important work we provide on daily basis. This government must take the opportunity to show an example of closing the wage gap and promoting equality to our children who these employees work with every day”.

Odette Robichaud, President of CUPE Local 1840, representing Court stenographers explains that her group also experienced delays: “Our 75 members across the province did complete the pay equity evaluations in 2011-2013, however, because it wasn’t done right, we had to do it again in 2014-2015. We did complete the pay equity evaluations, we did find there was pay inequity and yet, we have not received any adjustments. Our members have waited long enough, we expect action from the government who did commit to have the Pay Equity Act, 2009 fully implemented during the election campaign.”

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