OTTAWA, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada and
Canada Post have signed a memorandum of agreement that will see
long-awaited pay equity cheques begin to be issued in August.
"PSAC started this process in 1983 with a complaint to the Canadian
Human Rights Commission and has stuck with it through literally
hundreds of days of Tribunal hearings and numerous court battles," says
PSAC national president Robyn Benson. "Now the members are finally
going to get what they have deserved for so long."
More than seven years after a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that
current and former Public Service Alliance of Canada members were
entitled to retroactive pay equity adjustments and interest the parties
have agreed on the details of a process to pay out the money owed.
When the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued its decision in October
2005, Canada Post appealed it the same day. Finally, in November 2011,
the Supreme Court ruled from the bench upholding the Tribunal decision.
Further delays occurred following the Supreme Court ruling when Canada
Post announced it would only pay 80% of the interest owing on the pay
equity adjustments. The interest awarded has continued to accumulate
to this day.
"PSAC agreed to Canada Post paying 90% of the interest owed so that
members could finally see a payout," says Benson. "We wanted to get as
much as possible but we know there are retired members who really need
the money and we didn't want to see even more cheques going to
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Questions and Answers on the memorandum of agreement
Background on the Canada Post pay equity case