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Newfoundland and Labrador Government

In 1991, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the province of Newfoundland and Labrador had a pay package in place that was discriminatory toward those in female dominated job classes. However, the Court found the discriminatory practice was justified given the province's weak financial position at the time.

The province has now recovered from its economic hardships and is taking steps to rectify its past wrongs. On March 24, 2006, Premier Danny Williams announced that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador will make a $24 million payment to five public sector unions to resolve the long standing pay-equity dispute.

It is hoped that this settlement will recognize the burden endured by employees in female dominated classifications and help forge a new relationship between the government and public sector employees. (Mar-24-06) [NATIONAL UNION NEWS]

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Published on Mar-31-06


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