22 years and counting

Canada Post pay equity dispute calls system into question
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/09/2005

Canada Post is appealing a pay equity ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal last month, prolonging a 22-year-long lawsuit in what’s called the “longest pay equity fight in Canada.”

As it heads into appeal, questions the lawsuit raised about how to settle a pay equity claim remain unanswered. Last month, ministers at the federal labour and justice departments said they’re not prepared to act on a pay equity reform before further study on issues such as the definition of “establishment.”

The dispute involves the postal service and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which says about 6,000 current and former clerical and regulatory workers are due back pay estimated to be about $150 million.