RotorDroop Posted January 31, 2006 Report Share Posted January 31, 2006 Taken from CBC. http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/20...tion060126.html Canada's top court has given the country's human rights commission the go-ahead to investigate whether flight attendants should be paid the same as pilots and airline mechanics. The case involving Air Canada employees dates back 15 years. The commission had never analyzed pay rates because the dispute got hung up on the legal question of whether flight attendants, who are mostly women, and pilots and mechanics, who are mostly men, worked in the same "establishment." The top court has now concluded that they do, clearing the way for the commission to start its investigation. The Canadian Union of Public Employees began the case in 1991, arguing that the airline discriminated because it paid attendants differently "for what it argued was equally valuable work performed by mechanical personnel and pilots." Air Canada held that the three groups should be treated separately in legal terms because they worked in different establishments. The human rights commission agreed, but two court cases followed, which delivered split decisions. Air Canada appealed to the top court and lost. Now, the Supreme Court has ruled that the three groups do work in the same establishment. With that preliminary question resolved, Section 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act comes into play. The section says it is discriminatory for an employer to pay different wages to male and female employees in the same "establishment" who are performing work of equal value. In rejecting Air Canada's appeal, which partly rested on the different union contracts covering the three groups, the court said "to use those differences as barriers to wage comparisons would thwart the very purpose of Section 11." Is this good for the company?? Is good for all the employees??? You decide... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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