PSAC to appeal Federal Court pay equity decision



    OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC) is taking a quarter century-old pay equity complaint to the Federal
Court of Appeal. The complaint involves about 6,000 current and former
clerical workers at Canada Post. The union is reacting to a lower court
decision issued in February that essentially overturned an award made by a
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in October 2005.
    PSAC National President John Gordon announced the decision to appeal at a
national bargaining conference being held in Ottawa with members of PSAC's
Union of Postal Communications Employees component who are employed by Canada
Post.
    "We believe the Federal Court's decision is flawed and there are strong
grounds for an appeal," said Gordon. "Some aspects of the decision are
contradictory while others ignore the roles and authority of both the Tribunal
and the Canadian Human Rights Commission."
    Gordon assured the members that the union will continue fighting for pay
equity. "We will continue our battles in court, whenever we need to. But we're
also committed to working to have proactive pay equity laws enacted so that
future generations of women will not have to wait decades for economic
justice."
    The fact that this complaint is at the quarter-century mark was also not
lost on the Federal Court justice who commented in his decision that the
length of the Tribunal hearing alone was wrong, unreasonable and offended the
public conscience.
    "Unfortunately, as a result of this decision, PSAC members now will have
to wait even longer for their pay equity adjustments and interest," says
Gordon.
    The Tribunal decision awarded approximately $150 million in adjustments
and interest, half of what the union calculates was actually owed.
    Canada Post had appealed the Tribunal's decision within minutes of its
being released in 2005. PSAC then filed a cross-appeal against the Tribunal's
decision to discount the award by 50%. The case was heard in 2007 and the
Federal Court released its decision on February 21, 2008. PSAC filed the
original pay equity complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in
1983.




For further information:

For further information: Joselito Calugay, PSAC Communications, (613)
560-4235, cell: (613) 293-9324


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