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Public services trade unions around the world are calling for pay equity now!

That is why Public Services International is launching a resource package entitled PAY EQUITY NOW on Thursday 5th September during its World Congress in Ottawa, Canada.

The resource package is accompanied by a 13-minute training video. The materials are intended to contribute to the PSI global campaign to achieve pay equity.

Pay equity is a fundamental human right as recognized by many international instruments.

However, there is no country in the world that has achieved pay equity.

Women earn anything between 50% and 88% of men’s earnings.

Indeed in many countries, the gender wage gap is widening as a result of globalisation and privatisation of public services.

The situation is worse in developing countries and in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe where unions are facing difficulties in establishing basic rights, including the right to form trade unions and bargain collectively.

“Women’s work in the public sector is often under-valued and under-paid as the skills and work performed are not adequately recognised.

Job evaluation schemes often are biased against the skills and experience of jobs women perform, particularly in the caring professions” said Hans Engelberts, General Secretary of PSI.

“Revaluing women’s work and recognizing the full worth of skills, responsibility and effort is a crucial issue for public sector trade unions. Pay equity can also contribute to poverty alleviation strategies by increasing women’s income, one of the most effective methods of improving children’s health and education”, he explained.

The PSI materials are designed to help trade unions get a better understanding of the main issues related to pay equity.

The materials draw on the practical experiences of many public sector trade unions and include examples of union strategies, best practice and case studies.

They also include training and awareness activities, a section on resources and where to go for further information. The package is accompanied with a video that explores three case studies, in the Philippines, Namibia and the UK where unions have linked pay equity with poverty eradication.

To order copies of PAY EQUITY NOW!, or for more information on PSI’s pay equity campaign, please contact PSI. The resource package will also be available shortly on the PSI website.

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