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We’re here to say there’s a pay equity emergency in British Columbia,” declared National President Judy Darcy at a noon-hour rally yesterday.

The rally was held to support the efforts of emergency dispatchers, members of CUPE 873-02, to achieve pay equity with male fire dispatchers, who make $22,000 - $33,000 a year more.

Sex-based wage discrimination needs to end, and it needs to end now,” said Meena Cheema, one of the dispatchers to file a pay discrimination complaint more than 10 years ago with the Human Rights Commission.