November 16, 2011
Supreme Court to hear PSAC's Canada Post pay equity case on Nov. 17
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear PSAC's pay equity case against Canada Post on November 17, 2011. This case dates back to 1983, when PSAC first filed a complaint over unequal pay.
The union asked the Supreme Court for the right to appeal a February 2010 Federal Appeal Court decision that upheld an earlier decision to overturn a human rights tribunal decision in PSAC's favour.
The current leg of this legal battle began in October 2005 when the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal upheld PSAC's pay equity complaint against Canada Post.
"We look forward to presenting our case before the Supreme Court,” says Patty Ducharme, National Executive Vice-President of PSAC. “Our union has been fighting this battle for almost 30 years and we're not giving up.”
PSAC maintains that the lower court's interpretation of the equal pay for work of equal value provisions of the Canadian Human Rights Act raises questions the Supreme Court must answer.
The union hopes the Supreme Court will endorse the 2005 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, as well as award full compensation.
“Our union we will continue to do everything in our power to obtain justice for the current and former employees of Canada Post affected by this complaint,” says Ducharme.
Date Modified : 2011/11/15