PSAC slams Budget Implementation Act for undermining collective bargaining and threatening women's right to pay equity



    OTTAWA, Feb. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The 166,000-member Public Service Alliance
of Canada made its submission to the Standing Committee on Finance today,
criticizing the federal government for only allowing three days of debate on
the far-reaching Budget Implementation Act, given its serious implications for
workers' and women's rights.
    In particular, PSAC's submission highlights the following problematic
features of the Act:

    
    - The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act would make it virtually
      impossible for women in the federal public sector to be paid equal pay
      for work of equal value. It uses pay equity as a bargaining chip during
      negotiations where the employer historically holds the balance of
      power. It bars unions from supporting members who want to make pay
      equity claims. Bill C-10 would do nothing to narrow the income gap
      between women and men in the federal public service.

    - The wage roll-backs contained in the Expenditure Restraint Act would
      overturn collective agreements that were fairly negotiated. Bill C-10
      undermines workers' constitutional right to free collective bargaining.
    

    "Government officials have admitted that there's no proof that the Public
Sector Equitable Compensation Act will save the government any money. So why
is it in the budget bill?" asked John Gordon, PSAC National President. "It
won't help the economy or save jobs. It will prevent women in the federal
public sector from demanding equal pay for work of equal value. It has no
place in the budget."
    PSAC is demanding that Parliament remove the Public Sector Equitable
Compensation Act from Bill C-10 and halt the wage roll-backs contained in the
Expenditure Restraint Act.

    Visit www.psac-afpc.com to read PSAC's submission on the Budget
Implementation Act as well as an in-depth analysis of the Public Sector
Equitable Compensation Act.




For further information:

For further information: or to book interviews: Ariel Troster, PSAC
Communications, (613) 292-8363 (cell)


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