The Pay Equity Act (the Act) requires federally regulated employers with an average of at least 10 employees to establish and maintain compensation practices that provide for pay equity.
Canada Post is therefore required to have a pay equity plan and to establish one or more pay equity committees.
The statutory requirements are as follows:
- Establishment of a committee composed of at least three members.
- At least two-thirds of the members must represent the employees included in the pay equity plan.
- At least 50% of the members must be women.
- One member representing the employer.
- At least the same number of members representing unionized employees as there are bargaining agents, with each bargaining agent selecting at least one person to represent employees who are members of any bargaining unit represented by that bargaining agent.
- One member representing non-unionized employees.
As one of the bargaining agents, CUPW must select the members who will represent the employees of the urban and rural bargaining units on the committee.