Pay Equity and Women’s Rights
By Valérie Dubé, Union Counsellor,
Pay equity means equal pay for work of equal or equivalent value for predominantly female job classes.
A little history…
On November 21, 1996, the Quebec government adopted the Pay Equity Act2, which aims to remedy systemic discrimination experienced by individuals occupying positions in predominantly female job classes in all companies with ten or more employees.
This Act was adopted after several wage claims from women’s groups and trade unions. The FPPE, in collaboration with the CSQ, has been present since the beginning of the fight against this form of discrimination and continues to be active and vigilant in this matter.
In the mid-1990s, it was estimated that women with full-time jobs in Quebec were paid, on average, 30% less than men.
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