Women's Issues Branch

Memramcook achieves pay equity (09/05/08)

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May 8, 2009

MEMRAMCOOK (CNB) - Memramcook has become the first francophone municipality in New Brunswick to achieve pay equity.

Social Development Minister Mary Schryer, who is also minister responsible for the status of women, made the announcement today at Memramcook town hall. She was joined by Mayor Donald O. LeBlanc and municipal councillors.

"By achieving pay equity, you have proven that you care about your employees and the value of their work," said Schryer. "Being a pilot municipality demonstrates a commitment to reducing the wage gap and eliminating pay discrimination in New Brunswick.

"Your success will provide the government with a documented process and valuable tools to help other municipalities and organizations in New Brunswick to achieve the same successes."

Schryer said that the province has been making significant progress in reducing the wage gap between women and men.

"Reducing the wage gap benefits our entire province, but it can only be achieved if everyone takes part," Schryer said. "By working together to end the wage gap and achieve pay equity as part of our effort to achieve self-sufficiency, our children will be able to live and work in a progressive, forward-thinking New Brunswick where gender equality in the workplace is an issue of the past."

Other initiatives to eliminate pay inequity in New Brunswick have included or will include:

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3207.

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