Long-running Canada Post pay equity dispute ends

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By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2011

The countrys highest court has closed Canada’s longest running pay equity dispute, but the union representing the workers involved says the fight for pay equity is not finished.

In August 1983, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) filed a human rights complaint, arguing the work done by predominantly female clerical workers at Canada Post was comparable to the higher-paid work done by mail sorters and carriers, who were then mostly male.

After years of lengthy proceedings, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of the workers in 2005.