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Épay equity : an agreement long awaited

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The issue of pay equity for these office and administration employees has dragged on for several years.

The Canadian Press

An agreement, awaited for several years, finally arose between the Treasury Board and three large unions concerning pay equity for thousands of office and administrative employees in health and social services establishments in Quebec.

Unions estimate the total number of employees affected at around 30,000. These workers, 90% of whom are women, could thus receive thousands of dollars thanks to an agreement that has just been reached to resolve a series of pay equity complaints.

The agreement concerns members of office staff in the health and social services network: administrative agents, medical secretaries and executive assistants, for example.

The three unions which have just reached an agreement with the Treasury Board are the Fédération de la santé et des services sociale, affiliated with the CSN, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Syndicat québécois des service employees (SQEES), the latter two being affiliated with the FTQ.

The bodies of the unions concerned are currently studying the details of the x27; agreement. The CUPE body approved it. It will now be submitted to staff members.

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The amounts to be paid will vary depending on the seniority of the worker, her salary level and status: full-time or part-time.

According to the procedure, job titles are evaluated by weighing several factors. If necessary, salary adjustments are then made.

Subsequently, we verify that pay equity is maintained every five years, since the requirements of a job can change over time.

The issue of pay equity for these office workers and of the administration has dragged on for several years. Some complaints dated back to 2010, others to 2015. The unions were trying to find a satisfactory settlement with the Treasury Board to resolve the entire matter.

A petition was launched last spring to speed up the processing of the file. The unions argued that the tasks and responsibilities linked to the job titles covered by these complaints have evolved significantly in recent years and that the Treasury Board must therefore take this into account in remuneration.

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