Ending Discrimination

It’s long past time to act on pay equity

October 5, 2016

Canada’s unions are appalled with the federal government’s decision to wait another two years to start addressing the gender wage gap.

“Despite the report of the House of Commons Special Committee on Pay Equity being titled It’s Time to Act, action on this issue doesn’t seem to be high on their agenda,” said CLC Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers.

“The government says that having a gender wage gap in Canada in 2016 is unacceptable. So why are they delaying action by at least another two years? Pay equity is a human right. Continued consultations only serve to further disadvantage Canadian women,” added Byers.

Byers pointed out that the Pay Equity Task Force submitted its report 12 years ago, which laid out a framework to eliminate the current complaints-based pay equity system, and to implement a proactive approach. 

“After all the expert testimony, and with the Task Force and Committee’s recommendations in hand, it’s unacceptable that the government would decide to make women wait another two years for pay equity legislation. This is an issue of fairness, plain and simple.”

Earlier this year, Byers reminded the Committee that working women have been waiting far too long for a solution to the gender wage gap. She urged the Committee to table proactive pay equity legislation without further delay. 

“There is no reason to continue to delay pay equity legislation. So much time, effort, and resources went into the task force consultation and report. We can't let it collect dust in the archives any longer,” said Byers.

The CLC is also calling on the government to immediately eliminate the Conservative government’s Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act.

 

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • IDAHOTB: Canada’s unions call for an end to violence and harassment

    May 17, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Conservatives refuse to talk lagging wages instead push low-wage austerity agenda

    May 16, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Asian Heritage Month: Canada must do more to eliminate anti-Asian racism

    April 30, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Canada’s unions celebrate end to discriminatory blood donation policy

    April 28, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Better Pay and Benefits
  • Statement of the CLC and provincial and territorial federations of labour in response to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee Report

    December 20, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Human Rights Day: Canada must ratify C-189 to protect vulnerable domestic workers

    December 10, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Sheryl Burns awarded the 2021 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

    December 2, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Gender Equality
  • Canada’s unions call on federal government to ratify and implement C-190

    November 24, 2021
    Click to open the link