Equal pay for equal work


I’m appalled at the CAQ’s discriminatory tactics whereby in a complete lack of wisdom and fairness, they decided to give pay raises to Buckingham and Maniwaki-based medical imaging technicians but excluded our six technicians at Shawville’s Pontiac Community Hospital, and those in Wakefield.

Equal pay for equal work must be policy in Canada. But here in Quebec, fairness is not upheld in this instance.

I strongly object to this ill-considered decision and urge the CAQ to immediately rectify their mistake. They must admit they were wrong and give our Shawville and Wakefield technicians pay parity with the rest of the Outaouais. Moreover, they must assign these maligned workers full retroactive pay plus an apology. An apology to our Pontiac communities who depend on the work of these technicians would also be helpful.

On June 19, I was at the Shawville hospital, attended to by two medical imaging technicians. I told them I’m outraged at their treatment by the CAQ, expressed that I hope they stay at our Community Hospital, and that I stand by them. I took the time to thank them for their service.

I hope we don’t lose them.Thank-you, André Fortin and Jane Toller, for advocating for our Shawville and Wakefield technicians. We must win this fight for pay equity – and simply professional fairness.

Katharine (Howarth) Fletcher, QUYON