Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

October 29, 2014 16:28 ET

PIPSC President Endorses Findings of Public-Private Wage Gap Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2014) - Debi Daviau, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), is endorsing the findings of a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) that compares wages in the public sector with those in the private sector. The results clearly show that, when comparing similar occupations, the differences in wages between sectors are negligible. However, the report also finds widespread wage discrimination in the private sector towards women, visible minorities and aboriginal workers - a discrimination that is mitigated in the public sector only due to equity laws and the fact that a far higher percentage of public sector employees are unionized.

"When we negotiate contracts, we negotiate for every person in the bargaining unit regardless of race, sex or religion," said PIPSC President Debi Daviau. "If you're qualified to do a job, you should not be paid less because of your gender or the colour of your skin."

The report shows private-sector wage gaps of 44% for university educated aboriginal workers, 20% for university educated visible minorities, and 27% for university educated women. In the public sector, the wage gaps shrink for all three groups.

"While these findings are extremely troubling for private-sector workers, I can't say that I'm surprised," added Daviau. "I started in the public service as a single mother in the IT sector. I know firsthand there are professional consequences for women who choose family responsibilities instead of working late hours for weeks at a time when your boss demands it."

The report demonstrates that while, on average, public-sector workers earn 2.3% more than their private-sector counterparts, once wage discrimination in the private sector is accounted for, that gap disappears.

"The Harper government wants to severely cut back public service wages because they think it is fairer to the private sector. We know and can now demonstrate that that justification is deeply flawed," said Daviau. "Instead of looking to cut public-sector salaries, the government should instead concentrate public policy on discouraging employers who take advantage of marginalized workers by giving them sub-par wages."

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals across Canada's public sector.

Notes:

Narrowing the Gap The Difference That Public Sector Wages Make - See more at: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/narrowing-gap

Ce rapport est disponible en français: Refermer l'écart : La différence que font les salaires du secteur public à https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/refermer-l'écart

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