As part of its coverage on International Women’s Day, the Ottawa Citizen interviewed Andrew Raven to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Federal Public Service Pay Equity settlement. Andrew had represented the Public Service Alliance of Canada in this historic pay equity complaint, which sought to address systemic gender-based wage discrimination across the federal public service.
The final settlement, valued at $3.6 billion, affected over 200,000 federal government employees and remains the largest pay equity award in Canadian history. Since then, PSAC has continued to fight for pay equity on behalf of its members, including at Canada Post, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and at various separate employers in the federal government. While progress has been made in the last 20 years concerning pay equity, much remains to be done to address this important issue.