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VANCOUVER The NDP deserves high praise for introducing a new pay equity law that finally will make equal pay for work of equal value a reality for all B.C. women workers.

Women should be paid the same as men and the new pay equity law will ensure that this happens, said Colleen Jordan, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE B.C., the provinces largest union.

Our women members will cheer this law from their workplaces in health care, schools, universities, libraries and municipalities throughout the province, she said. It is an historic moment to celebrate and build upon.

The new law also could give a boost to CUPEs Up with Womens Wages campaign. Under that banner, groups like the 200 striking 9 -1-1 emergency dispatchers, are fighting for wage equality.

This legislation should bring new hope to the thousands of women members of CUPE who have worked for a 75-cent dollar for too long, said CUPE B.C. President Barry ONeill.

Women make up more than half of CUPEs membership, he added. This law will strengthen their resolve to fight for fair pay.

Bill 17, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2001, passed first reading yesterday.

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