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Party Quebecois $18 . promises a minimum wage of

Party Quebecois $18 .  promises a minimum wage of

Party Quebecois promises to reform the law on wage equity within 3 years with a minimum wage of $18 per hour and penalties for companies that don’t comply.

“There’s no reason why people working full-time shouldn’t be able to reach the threshold of sustainable income, it’s not rational, it’s not acceptable,” Chief Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon said on his ride back in Montreal. Camille-Laurin (Bourget).

The minimum wage has been $14.25 an hour since last May. A group of unions, including the FTQ and CSN and SFPQ, as well as community groups, the coalition is calling for raising the minimum wage to $18.

“The government has a responsibility to provide the approximately 200,000 workers, who are on minimum wages, the means to reach a viable income threshold,” he said.

According to the Institute of Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS), a person must earn between $25,128 and $34,814 to live with dignity out of poverty.

“It is not common that we keep people working full-time in precarious financial conditions,” insisted Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamondon.

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The party has also proposed reforms to the Law on Wage Equity, adopted 25 years ago, to correct the disparities between the pay of men and women.

Thus the difference in remuneration has gone up from 17% to 9%. PQ wants to reduce this difference to 5% in the first term. “The next step is to ensure that gender equality is not just a concept,” says the party leader.

Among the measures to achieve this, he specifically wants to establish new analytical grids for all occupations and now not only compare positions within the same sector, but also those occupations where there are more women. are mainly male.

“Because we know that areas dominated by women are paid less than the majority of men,” he says.

He says that 26% of private sector companies have not done the wage equity process. “I myself am surprised to tell you this, I can’t believe it,” he said.

According to him, these companies do not care about pay equity. However, he acknowledged that he was unable to say whether these companies are refractory and refuse to enforce the law or whether they have taken steps that have not yet succeeded.

But the problem remains the lack of oversight and the constraints in the law. , [l’idée] Companies are not to blame,” he said.

Thus it proposes financial penalty. Asked to specify the measure, he indicates that we are talking about thousands of dollars, but he was unable to give details and, for example, whether these penalties would be determined by a company’s profits. “We’re going to prepare a bill based on other laws” […] who have punitive measures for companies and commissions [parlementaire] We will be able to assess at what level we are fixing,” he said.

“We didn’t draft the bill this morning,” he continued.

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