Joint CSN-FTQ statement for office workers in the health care sector.

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-FTQ), the Service Employees’ Union of Quebec (SQEES-FTQ) and the Health and Social Services Federation (FSSS-CSN) participated in a meeting with Ms. Sonia LeBel, President of the Treasury Board. Their objective was to put pressure on the government in order to try to resolve the outstanding pay equity complaints filed in 2010, including those of office and administrative staff and medical device reprocessors. On February 22, 2010, the union organizations were called to a second meeting at their request and they once again hammered their message home to the representatives of the Treasury Board.

Despite their efforts to move the issues forward, the unions did not obtain a commitment from the Treasury Board, which claims not having a mandate. However, discussions are continuing, we are waiting for a return, and we hope that there will finally be a mandate.

The Pay Equity Act will be 26 years old this year. We believe that on this anniversary, the government must set an example for pay equity.

Administrative staff: women have been underpaid for too long

For more than a decade, the administrative staff of the health and social services network (RSSS) have been waiting for the settlement of their complaints regarding the maintenance of pay equity.

Throughout Quebec, these women are essential to the functioning of the health care system. The government never seizes the opportunities that would allow it to demonstrate that he recognizes their importance.

As proof, it does not deploy the necessary means to resolve pay equity complaints,

thus preventing administrative officers, medical secretaries, buyers and executive assistants, among others, from receiving a fair salary, the salary to which they are entitled.

On the eve of March 8, 2022, International Women’s Rights Day in many countries around the world, we call on the government to do more than pat the backs of these administrative staff in the network. We urge the government to show them the respect they deserve by honoring their rights. Then they can finally say, “Equal pay for equal work!”

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