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The Harper conservative’s budget bill also includes a proposed law that would deny public sector workers the right to file complaints on pay equity with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The bill, Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act bans unions from pursuing pay equity issues with the commission. Individuals can still - at their own expense - pursue claims, but without support from their union, this ability almost meaningless.

CUPE is supporting the CLC’s call for online action to pressure Members of Parliament to take the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act out of the budget legislation and dealt with on its own after proper public consultation.