Harper Government Won't Close Wage Gap

Monday, July 26 2010

September 22, 2006, Ottawa: The Harper Government has set pay equity back 25 years with its recent announcement that it will not implement new and proactive pay equity legislation and has ignored all of the recommendations proposed by the Federal Pay Equity Task Force.

"It's a dark day for women in Canada," stated Gisele Pageau, Human Rights Director for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers of Canada. "I cannot believe that the government has no interest in closing the wage gap
Women still earn only 72 cents for every dollar a man earns. The current legislation is unacceptable and has proven to be ineffective, time consuming, and extremely expensive."

The CEP just recently settlement their pay equity battle for its Bell operators after a 14-year ordeal and extremely long and complicated legal wrangle that saw Bell take the CEP through almost 30 federal court appeals and one supreme court of Canada appeal. Though the CEP was successful, it doesn't wish this on any other group or individual.

"We need proactive legislation similar to what is currently in place in Ontario and Quebec, not this complaint based system that we know hasn't worked in 30 years," said Pageau. "We need a government that respects and is prepared to do the right thing for all women of Canada. It is so disheartening to realize that the Harper government has once again abandon the women of Canada. We need new legislation and we need it now. I don't wish the Bell experience on any other woman."


Gisèle Pageau at 613-230-5200, ext 243 or 613-558-1821 (cell) or e-mail at gpageau@cep.ca

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