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Pay equity settlement

Public and parapublic sector unions affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) (CUPE, SQEES-298) reached an agreement with the Treasury Board following pay equity complaints filed in 2009.

It’s great news for thousands of health care and education workers who will see their salaries increase and receive retroactive payments. Hats off to the different organizations who worked together to reach an agreement that benefits all parties,” said FTQ Secretary General Daniel Boyer.

“Orderlies, for example, will receive a $0.72/hour pay increase retroactive to January 31, 2011,” explained Serge Morin, FTQ coordinator for the public sector. “In addition to $2,700 in retroactive pay, their wages will increase by more than $50 per pay which amounts to $1,357 per year!”

Other than orderlies, many more job titles will be subject to salary adjustments, including laundry attendants, medical secretaries, university teaching assistants, medical archivists, contribution technicians, psychologists, and nursing advisers.

Paving the way for other workers

Other settlements with the Treasury Board are expected to follow. Furthermore, the FTQ is still fighting to have the 2009 discriminatory changes to the Pay Equity Law declared invalid. “In 2009, the government unilaterally amended Quebec’s Pay Equity Act, to avoid giving salary increases to certain jobs with modified functions. The FTQ is contesting the amendments in court after countless complaints were filed with Quebec’s Pay Equity Commission,” said Daniel Boyer.