Canada pay equity under fire

by on March 16, 2009  •  In Employment law

Progressives in Canada are fighting a proposal by the Harper government to abolish access to the Human Rights Commission for federal workers who want to bring pay equity complaints. In legislation introduced last November, the government seeks to cut back on women's rights to equity in compensation by several maneuvers, including redefinitions of the criteria used to evaluate whether a "women's job" is being paid fairly.  Most Orwellian, the government is proposing that the issue be made subject to collective bargaining after the Human Rights Commission loses jurisdiction, but that unions be forbidden from representing individual workers who grieve violations on this point under a collective bargaining agreement. Nutty neoliberalism? More details here.


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