February 13, 2013
PSAC and OAG cooperate to reach a pay equity settlement
PSAC has negotiated a settlement with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) that will put outstanding pay equity money into the hands of our members.
The settlement applies to approximately 300 eligible current and former employees. The total payout is estimated at $1.5 million.
According to national president Robyn Benson, PSAC is very pleased that the OAG took the step of approaching the union to resolve this important issue. “We hope that other separate employers will follow the OAG's lead and agree to negotiate settlements to resolve these long-standing complaints.”
OAG employees classified as CR, DACON, LS, STOCE and STSCY who worked between March 8, 1985 and April 1, 1999 and employees classified as PE who worked between October 1, 1991 and April 1, 1999 are entitled to receive an amount based on all the days they worked during these periods.
Eligible employees will receive 55% of the amount that Treasury Board employees were entitled to receive under the 1999 pay equity settlements. Individual amounts will vary by classification and level.
Details to follow soon
Now that the settlement has been signed, PSAC and OAG representatives will work out the details as to the calculation of the monies owed, when cheques will be issued and other aspects of the settlement.
More information will continue to be posted on this website as it becomes available. In the meantime, members with questions can send them to email@example.com
The settlement ends a long legal process
In 2002, PSAC filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission on behalf of members employed with seven separate employers, including the OAG.
In 2009, the Conservative government's Budget Implementation Act eliminated the right of federal workers to file pay equity complaints with the Human Rights Commission and all outstanding cases were referred to the Public Service Labour Relations Board.
The OAG approached PSAC in mid-January this year about settling the case and the union took the opportunity to end the uncertainty, cost and time involved in ongoing litigation. Both parties moved quickly to reach this settlement.
PSAC continues to pursue pay equity for members at other separate employers
The complaint that involves the other six separate employers is still in progress. PSAC will be participating in mediation at the Public Service Labour Relations Board at the end of February.
The six employers are:
- Canadian Institutes of Health research (formerly Medical Research Council)
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Communications Security Establishment
- Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- Statistical Survey Operations
Date Modified : 2013/02/14