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Officials and employees of the networks of health and education, are composed in majority of women, are the only workers in Quebec to have undergone a decline of their purchasing power since 2000, deplores the IRIS.
In fact, due to ” austerity measures of the past 18 years, employees of the québec government have declined in their purchasing power in the order of 1.8% since 2000, compared to an increase of 11 % on average in municipal governments, and federal, the academic sector, public enterprises and the private sector.
“Suppression of wage “
“The government has […] adopted a strategy of “repression wage” of its own employees in order to save on its wage bill “, has analysed François Desrochers, associate researcher at the Institute of research and socioeconomic information, and author of the study.
For example, a person who does the same job in a Crown corporation like Hydro-Québec or Loto-Québec earns an average of 23 % more than one who works in education, in a department or in a health facility and social services, explained the IRIS in a research report that the QMI Agency has obtained a copy.
The women most affected
Moreover, this stagnation in purchasing power affects mostly women, as they comprise 72.2 per cent of the staff of the public administration. IRIS sees an imperfection in the pay equity Act.
“The provisions of the pay equity Act does not allow to compare in a systematic way the administration jobs in quebec, with the jobs of other parts of the public sector,” wrote Mr. Desrochers in his study.
The IRIS therefore calls for a modification of the pay equity act, which would allow to compare the salary of the same job in two different branches of the public apparatus.
The State would have to pay $ 7.3 billion to ” make a catch-up pay increases, which would eliminate these inequalities “. This recovery would reduce to 35 % the inequity between the average salary of men and women for Quebec as a whole, computes the IRIS.
Law against the iniquities
In addition, the minister Jean Boulet has filed Tuesday a draft law that would oblige companies with more than 10 employees to financially compensate the inequities in compensation that have been created in the period of five years preceding, either retroactively.
The adoption of this bill is necessary to respond to a judgment of the supreme Court of Canada, rendered last may.
For the year 2020, the costs to businesses are estimated to be 566 million $, an amount that could be paid in five installments over four years.