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A former CUPE Equality Representative has been appointed to Québec’s pay equity commission to the applause of CUPE and FTQ members.

Carol Robertson was responsible for status of women issues in CUPE Québec for 15 years before she retired in 2003.

She was the principal instigator of a court challenge to Québec’s pay equity law. The challenge resulted in part the province’s pay equity law being overturned. As a result of the decision, some of Québec’s larger employers will have to do proper pay equity evaluations of their workplaces.

FTQ general secretary Renée Roy said the federation put Robertson’s name forward “because we had complete confidence in her abilities and her experience in pay equity and her union experience made her eminently qualified.

Said CUPE Québec director Pierre Dupuis, “Her arrival will no doubt give new energy to the commission and new confidence to women in every workplace who are fighting for a true equality.”