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Herizons - - Nellie Grams -

for the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to re­peal Harper-era leg­is­la­tion that stymied pay eq­uity for fed­eral civil ser­vants and fed­eral agen­cies.

“This is a long time in com­ing,” she said.

The deal fol­lowed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the PSAC, Sta­tis­tics Canada and the Trea­sury Board.

“We achieved this vic­tory be­cause our mem­bers fought hard with us for many years and never gave up,” Ben­son added.“We will con­tinue urg­ing the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment to make proac­tive pay eq­uity leg­is­la­tion a re­al­ity with­out fur­ther de­lay.”

Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent Scott Bri­son said, “As Canada’s largest em­ployer, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment should lead by ex­am­ple.”

The com­plaint grew out of a $3.2-bil­lion pay eq­uity set­tle­ment PSAC won in 1999.That com­plaint took 15 years to set­tle and af­fected 230,000 cur­rent and re­tired fed­eral em­ploy­ees in six fe­male-dom­i­nated oc­cu­pa­tions.In 2002, PSAC launched a hu­man rights com­plaint against the Trea­sury Board and seven sep­a­rate agen­cies for re­fus­ing to ex­tend that 1999 pay eq­uity set­tle­ment to em­ploy­ees in sim­i­lar fe­male-dom­i­nated jobs work­ing at those sep­a­rate agen­cies.

With this deal, all those com­plaints have been set­tled with ne­go­ti­ated agree­ments.Sta­tis­ti­cal Sur­vey Op­er­a­tions is a sep­a­rate em­ployer within Sta­tis­tics Canada.

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