Equal pay law still dormant

TheStar.com – Opinion/Letter – Equal pay law still dormant
October 09, 2008

Re: Ottawa failing on equity, advocates say, Oct. 8

Thanks for continuing to champion social justice in these times of trouble. As a pay equity specialist for Canada’s largest union, I share the concern raised about the corrosive impact of recent federal economic policies.

Women and people of colour are over-represented in low-income families. Cancelling funding for high-quality early learning and child-care programs unfairly burdened poor households by limiting their right to work.

The failure to advance the 2004 recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force for a progressive law exposing wage barriers based on race and gender represents another missed opportunity to roll back systemic inequities.

It is 30 years since Canada enacted an equal pay law (Canadian Human Rights Act, s. 11). How long until we make the law a reality?

Tom Baker, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Toronto

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